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Report offers insight on 2012 plane crash

By Steven Cook
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A new report on the August 2012 plane crash that killed two local businessmen offers more details on the crash, including noting a corroded engine part and the unusual position of a particular switch in the cockpit.

No probable cause is cited in the report, dubbed the “factual report,” and the corroded engine part and switch information is included in a larger four-page narrative on the Aug. 15, 2012, crash in Clifton Park.

A copy of the report is available below.

A probable cause isn’t expected until at least August, with the release of the final report on the crash.

The entire National Transportation Safety Board report outlines the investigation into the plane crash that killed Walter Uccellini, 67, of Albany, and James Quinn, 68, of Westerlo. Uccellini died at the scene, Quinn died of his injuries later.

A full story on the crash is available HERE.

After replacing some parts damaged in the crash, including fuel system fittings, the engine started normally on the first attempt, according to the report. The engine was also tested at different speeds and at full power.

“The engine performed normally throughout each of the tests without any hesitation, stumbling, or interruption of power,” the report reads, “however, testing of the magnetos showed that the right magneto was inoperative.”

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Clifton Park Plane Crash Report

 

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