Preliminary Probe: No Engine Trouble In Plane Crash Near Marble

Marble (AP) A preliminary investigation shows nothing wrong with the engine of a small plane that crashed near Marble, killing a Michigan man. Gunnison County Sheriff's officials say John P. Kramer, 77 of Washington, Michigan, died Wednesday when his single–engine plane went down on a remote airstrip.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jennifer
Kaiser says witnesses report seeing the Taylorcraft BC12-D touch down around midfield, before going airborne again. It then struck an embankment at the end of a runway and hit some trees.

Officials say Kramer overshot the runway, applied power and
stalled before crash–landing.

Kaiser is reviewing autopsy results, aircraft maintenance
records, Kramer's training, and his flight and medical history.

An initial report on the crash is expected to be released early next week.

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