FAA Issues Inspection Warning After New Jersey Plane Crash

March 25, 2010

Federal regulators have issued a warning about possible wing problems on certain Cessna airplanes following a small plane crash that killed five people in New Jersey.

The Federal Aviation Administration recommends that owners and pilots inspect any Cessna Skymaster 336 and 337 series aircraft with a wingtip fuel tank modification.

Officials say a six-foot portion of the right wing, which had an extension, broke off in the Feb. 15 crash at Monmouth Executive Airport in Wall Township.

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report found that after the section of the outer right wing separated, the plane rolled and hit the ground about five minutes after takeoff.

Three of the five people killed were members of a family visiting from Poland.

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