Engine Failure Doomed Plane, Pilot
Engine trouble was the preliminary cause of a deadly plane crash into a Marion County, Fla., recreational vehicle park on Friday (March 6), Federal Aviation Administration officials determined.
According to the FAA, preliminary reports showed the plane’s engine lost power before it went down, killing the pilot, according to cfnews.com.
The FAA said it could be about a week before a final report is released detailing the cause of the crash, but inspectors said early indications from witnesses pointed to engine trouble.
Meanwhile, the identity of the pilot has been revealed as the medical examiner’s office continued working Saturday to positively identify the burned remains.
According to the Ocala Star Banner, a family member confirmed the pilot was John Hambleton, of Ocala.
Hambleton was a former test pilot who built and flew several small aircrafts out of his northwest Marion County home.The plane crashed into two empty RVs at the Wild Frontier RV Park park in Ocala.
One of the RVs is owned by Joe and Barbara Schroeder, who told the newspaper they were attending a funeral at the time of the crash.