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Preliminary report shows airplane received wrong fuel prior to crashing in Spokane

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The FAA inspector obtained the fueling log from Western Aviation at SFF; the fuel log indicated that the accident airplane had been refueled with 52 gallons of Jet fuel prior to takeoff. The FAA inspector obtained the fueling log from Western Aviation at SFF; the fuel log indicated that the accident airplane had been refueled with 52 gallons of Jet fuel prior to takeoff.
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Canadian pilot Michael Clements crashed his Piper PA46-350P airplane just after takeoff from Felts Field on February 22 near the Hamilton Street bridge. He died two days later from his injuries. 


Clements reported a loss of engine power during his climb. Clements then attempted an emergency landing and struck a railroad track. Witnesses say the plane's engine was sputtering, and then the left wing dropped and the nose pitched up. The right wing then dropped and the witnesses lost sight of the plane as it passed behind a building. 


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Investigators say the fuel tanks ruptured during the crash and there was a strong odor of Jet Fuel. The fueling log from Western Aviation at Felts Field indicated that the plane had been fueled with 52 gallons of Jet fuel prior to takeoff, when it should have received aviation gas. 





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