Report: Lack of Fuel Caused East Idaho Plane to Crash in 2013
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials say a private plane that crashed near an eastern Idaho airport in 2013 was caused by running out of fuel.
The Post Register reports that the National Transportation Safety Board released a report earlier this year saying investigators found no fuel in either of the plane's main tanks. They also found that the nacelle tanks were tapped dry. The crash injured Damond Watkins, vice president of corporate relations of Melaleuca — a company that sells health care products.
Watkins suffered a broken back that required surgery to insert a metal cage around his shattered vertebrae. The plane fell out of the sky nearly a mile shy of the runway. Watkin's attorney says the pilot and the company that owns the plane took a calculated risk in making sure they had enough fuel.