NTSB: Plane out of fuel before Detroit fireworks show crash

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Posted: Feb 03, 2017 4:10 PM

DETROIT (AP) — A federal report says a plane pulling a banner over crowds gathered for Detroit's annual fireworks display ran out of fuel before it crashed and downed a live power line that electrocuted a woman.

The Detroit News reports (http://detne.ws/2jLENYA ) that a Federal Aviation Administration inspector determined the plane's left fuel tank was empty, the right fuel tank had residual fuel, and the engine had no other problems.

The plane was registered to Drake Aerial Enterprises LLC and operated by Air America Aerial Ads. The National Transportation Safety Board says the plane had flown for more than three hours on June 27, or at least 15 minutes more than the maximum allowed under Drake policy.

Thirty-eight-year-old Theresa Surles was electrocuted by the downed wire. She died on July 6.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/