SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A preliminary report says the pilots that were involved in a small plane crash at Lake Tahoe in August that killed all five people aboard expressed concerns about the aircraft’s fuel/air mixture at high altitude before departing.
The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported that the National Transportation Safety Board also cited an improper fuel/air mixture as a contributing factor in a July 2009 crash at Lake Tahoe Airport that killed the pilot.
Witnesses said the single-engine plane in the Aug. 25 crash wasn’t producing full power when it crashed shortly after takeoff at the same airport near South Lake Tahoe.
The crash killed Fresno residents Harold Cardwell, 60, Kin Cardwell, 41, Francisco De La Mora, 43, Lorena De La Mora, 39, and Esmeralda De La Mora, 6.
The report didn’t list a cause.