Fuel tank empty in Guthrie crash

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We may now know what caused a plane to crash in Guthrie that killed one and injured two others.

According to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board, the plane’s right fuel tank was not operable and the left tank was empty. The report says the aircraft’s fuel selector was set on the empty left tank.

The crash that occurred in residents yard killed 62-year-old pilot Darrell Allen Smittle of Edmond and injured 41-year-old Darrell Stewart Smittle of Edmond and 11-year-old Joshua Smittle of Norman.

Joshua Smittle told state troopers at the scene that Darrell Allen Smittle was his grandfather and had said the plane had run out gas.


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