Federal investigators say pilot error caused 2008 plane crash in Cape May County that killed Atlantic City police officer - pressofAtlanticCity.com: News

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Federal investigators say pilot error caused 2008 plane crash in Cape May County that killed Atlantic City police officer

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Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 5:30 am

 

A federal investigation said pilot error contributed to a 2008 fatal airplane crash in Dennis Township that killed Atlantic City police officer Dennis McGurk Jr. and his wife Oksana.

McGurk's aerobatic plane had two fuel tanks-one with an inverted fuel system that feeds gasoline to an engine while the airplane is upside down.

The National Transportation Safety Board report released this week said the airplane was using the other tank when the plane was performing aerobatics.

The report attributed the accident to, "A total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation as a result of the pilot's failure to select the proper tank prior to performing aerobatics."

On June 20, 2008, witnesses said the Dennis McGurk Jr., the pilot, 37, was performing aerobatic maneuvers when his F1 Harmon Rocket crashed about six miles from the Woodbine Municipal Airport, from where he had taken off.

McGurk's wife Oksana, 34, the passenger, was also killed. The couple was from Mays Landing.

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