Plane crash

Two men escaped major injuries when mechanical issues forced them to crash land their plane.

Two men escaped with minor injuries when a small Cessna airplane crashed Sunday in a field in Fort Dick.

According to information released by the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, Field Morey was piloting a Cessna 182 aircraft with co-pilot Seth Hoffstetter. The plan left Medford, Oregon and had mechanical issues, which forced the duo to crash land the plane in a marshy area near the end of Buzzini Road.

While the plane flipped on landing and landed on its top, the two men were able to escape with minor injuries.

The men called 9-1-1 to report the accident, saying they were safe but were stuck in the marsh. Responding sheriff’s deputies were able to bring the men to safety.

After escaping from the marsh, the men were also able to meet the 911 dispatcher, who they said was extremely helpful.


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Cessna fuel tanks are flawed and may have played a role in this crash. The fuel tanks do not offer positive identification for water contamination. The pilot can perform a proper preflight and never see evidence of the water hiding in his or her fuel tank. Both the NTSB and FAA are aware of this flaw for decades but do nothing.


Could you ask the pilot two questions.

Did the engine of the Cessna 182 sputter, hesitate or run rough before it failed?

Ask the pilot if he has ever witnessed any water in his sump cup during his preflight of the Cessna 182?

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