- Associated Press - Friday, January 6, 2017

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary review of a crash that killed a small airplane pilot last month in Middlebury found that the plane’s engine “skipped” and “sputtered” before going down.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/2iORgyk ) federal investigators also reported that the wings of the single-engine Piper PA28 that crashed Dec. 23 had “wagged” during its initial climb after takeoff.

Forty-two-year-old Paul Bessler was the only person aboard the propeller-driver aircraft when it went down approximately 300 feet from the departure end of the runway at Middlebury State Airport.

The NTSB’s three-page preliminary report, made public earlier this week, failed to determine what caused the crash. A final report is pending.

The New York man held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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