Flashlight May Have Caused Plane Crash

NTSB: Flashlight in tail cone in Texas plane crash

Thursday, Feb 4, 2010  |  Updated 11:40 AM CDT
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Investigators say a flashlight was found in the tail cone of a small plane that crashed in Ellis County and killed both people on board.

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the flashlight was near stabilizing linkage used to pilot the aircraft.

The NTSB report, released Wednesday, cited an indication that something rubbed against a "push-pull tube" that helps with stability.

The Jan. 23 accident killed 15-year-old Eric Schultz, who was a sophomore at Fort Worth Dunbar High School, and 36-year-old flight instructor Gregory Green.

The school district has suspended its CRP Future Pilots Program.

CRP executive director Alejandro House says the company had done no maintenance on the tail cone since it began leasing the plane from US Aviation Group out of Denton.

A spokesman for US Aviation declined comment.

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