- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. (AP) - Safety regulators have ruled that a fatal plane crash in northern New Jersey this month was caused by engine failure.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report Thursday into the crash in West Caldwell that killed 50-year-old John Hannon on Aug. 15.

The report says that Hannon told air traffic controllers that he had a problem shortly after taking off from the Essex County Airport in Fairfield. He was told to turn around but reported that he wasn’t able to maintain power to the engine and then crashed.

Hannon had nearly 1,700 hours of flight experience. He was headed to nearby Teterboro Airport to pick up a passenger.

The safety agency is still investigating.

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