Plane crash report cites pilot's alcohol use

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 6:24 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 6:24 PM


            A wrecked plane is hauled out of the woods near Interstates 75 and 675 in Miami Twp. Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Doug Morgan, 50, of Middletown, crashed the plane Monday evening while attempting to make an emergency landing at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport. Morgan was transported to Kettering Medical Center. CHUCK HAMLIN / STAFF
A wrecked plane is hauled out of the woods near Interstates 75 and 675 in Miami Twp. Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Doug Morgan, 50, of Middletown, crashed the plane Monday evening while attempting to make an emergency landing at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport. Morgan was transported to Kettering Medical Center. CHUCK HAMLIN / STAFF

The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded its investigation into the March 11 small plane crash in a wooded area near Interstate 675, citing the plane's lack of fuel and the pilot's decision to drink and fly.

The NTSB investigation indicates the Mooney M20E plane ran out of fuel while the pilot, 50-year-old Doug Morgan, was searching for an airport.

Morgan told NTSB investigators he experienced a technical problem while approaching to land, then flew for another two hours while searching for another place to land, according to the report.

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He had to make a forced landing when the plane ran out of fuel.

NTSB concluded the probable cause to be "the total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion, which resulted from the noncurrent pilot's improper in-flight fuel management and decision-making and his decision to conduct the flight after consuming alcohol."

The report further indicates the pilot entered air space and conditions without clearance and the plane did not have a current annual inspection.

The plane struck power lines on the way down and more than 1,100 Dayton Power & Light customers lost power as a result of the crash.