The man who crashed a plane in Guilderland in June and walked away unharmed without reporting the crash told investigators the crash was caused by his plane losing power on final descent, according to a federal report.
Fred Jackson, 75, told authorities that he had applied a deicing material called carburetor heat intermittently during his flight from Hamilton to Guilderland.
The report indicates that the atmospheric conditions at the time of the June 14 crash were “conducive to serious icing at all power settings.”
On final descent, though, he didn’t apply the deicer. It was then that the engine stopped producing power and the plane crashed into some trees.
“The pilot reported that there were no mechanical deficiencies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation, and stated that the engine stopped producing power due to carburetor icing,” the National Transportation Safety Board’s report reads.
Investigators from the NTSB relied on information provided by either the Federal Aviation Administration or Jackson. They did not travel to the scene, according to the report, which was filed Wednesday.
Police after the crash identified Jackson as a Schenectady man. The federal report listed a Melbourne, Fla., address for him.
Guilderland police on June 21 responded to their first report of the crash off Gray Road. They soon learned, though, that the plane had crashed a week earlier. The plane, which the NTSB report described as home-built, was still in the trees when officers arrived.
Jackson was flying to a landing strip at 125 Gray Road when the loss of power caused him to pass the runway and crash into a row of trees.
He was uninjured and did not report the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration or any other authorities, police said. There were no passengers.
Guilderland police did not file any charges against him, but did report the incident to the FAA.