TANEYTOWN, Md. (AP) — Federal investigators say fuel contamination probably caused a small airplane crash that killed two people near Taneytown in August 2009.
The National Transportation Safety Board released the findings Friday night.
Investigators say the experimental T-Bird II built by pilot Robert Kociemba of Davidsonville was fueled by a gasoline-ethanol blend.
Federal regulations prohibit gasahol for aviation, partly because climbing can cause it to separate into a solution containing water. Water and small particles killed the engine.
Investigators say an over-the-counter antihistamine may have impaired Kociemba’s ability to respond when the engine failed. He died in the crash, along with passenger Letty Williams of Edgewater.
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