Preliminary Finding On Montrose Plane Crash Released

A Beechcraft Bonanza plane only had 8 gallons of fuel when it crashed into a semi truck parked in front of a Montrose home last July, according to a preliminary NTSB report.

The Montrose Daily Press reports today that according to a factual report from the National Transportation Safety Board, the plane apparently had about 18.5 gallons of fuel when it departed Rifle the morning of July 3, and burned an estimated 10.5 gallons during the course of the flight which included practice take–offs and landings at Montrose County airport prior to the crash. Witnesses who furnished statements to the NTSB also reported the Beechcraft's engine had apparently stopped running.