Report: Plane had 'fuel emergency' before crash

Clearwater, Florida -- A preliminary report into the crash of a small plane in Clearwater last weekend says the pilot reported a "fuel emergency" beforehand.

The single-engine Piper plane crashed just a few miles from the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport at 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, killing pilot Jeff Bronken and seriously injuring his daughter Katie and her friend, Keyana Kinbo.

Katie passed away in the hospital on Wednesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report Thursday morning. The report says "the airplane was in radio and radar contact with air traffic control as it approached PIE [St. Pete-Clearwater Airport]. The pilot subsequently reported a fuel emergency and the airplane impacted powerlines about 6 miles north of PIE."

READ:The NTSB's initial report on the plane crash (PDF)


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