Report: Plane that crashed in Spokane was refueled with wrong fuel

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report on a fatal single-engine plane crash last month in Spokane, Washington, indicates the plane was refueled with the wrong fuel.

The report released Wednesday says a Federal Aviation Administration investigator obtained a fuel log from Western Aviation, showing the plane had been refueled with 52 gallons of jet fuel.

KXLY reports the Piper Malibu should have been refueled with aviation gas.

Western Aviation offers aircraft fueling and maintenance at Felts Field and also offers self-service fuel.

The NTSB report does not indicate who refueled the plane. Western Aviation did not respond to an Associated Press call for comment left after business hours Wednesday.

The plane’s sole occupant, 61-year-old pilot Michael Clements of Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, died two days after the Feb. 22 crash. The plane had just taken off from Felts Field when it crashed near a railroad viaduct along the Spokane River, avoiding a building.

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