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Fuel mixture cited in report on Tahoe plane crash

Fuel mixture cited in report on Tahoe plane crash

CREATED Oct 15, 2012

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) -- A preliminary report says pilots involved in a small plane crash at Lake Tahoe in August that killed all five people aboard expressed concerns about the aircraft's fuel/air mixture at high altitude before departing.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports the National Transportation Safety Board also cited an improper fuel/air mixture as a contributing factor in a 2009 crash at Lake Tahoe Airport that killed the pilot.

Witnesses say the single-engine plane in the Aug. 25 crash wasn't producing full power when it crashed shortly after takeoff at the same airport near South Lake Tahoe.

The crash killed Fresno residents Harold Cardwell, 60, Kin Cardwell, 41, Francisco De La Mora, 43, Lorena De La Mora, 39, and Esmeralda De La Mora, 6.

The report didn't list a cause.

Information from: Tahoe Daily Tribune,