KILLEEN, Texas (AP) – A mechanic found metal particles in an oil filter while servicing a small plane before it crashed in central Texas, killing its pilot, federal investigators.
In a preliminary reportThe National Transportation Safety Board said the mechanic at the Drafton-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport in Temple told the pilot two days before the July 4 crash. that the Focke-Wulf Piaggio FWP-149D should not fly until tests can determine the source of the metal particles. The report says the mechanic cleaned the oil filter, sent samples of the metal shards to a lab for analysis, and added clean oil to the engine crankcase.
Meanwhile, the pilot said he would only fly to his base at Skylark Field Airport, just east of Killeen and 20 miles (33 kilometers) southwest of Temple Airport. , and the aircraft departed after a satisfactory start-up of the engine.
The NTSB said that despite the mechanic’s belief that the plane would stay at Skylark Field, it was flying from New Braunfels Regional Airport 95 miles (153 kilometers) to Skylark Field on July 4 when the pilot reported that the engine of the plane had stopped. The plane crashed and burned about three miles from the Skylark Field runway, killing pilot Bradley Guy Marzari, 60, of Belton.
The NTSB said test results for the metal particles were still pending.