Additional fuel tank blamed in plane crash

July 15, 1996

A tiny plane resembling a motorized glider that crashed in Carroll County on Saturday night, killing the pilot, had been fitted with a second fuel tank that likely contributed to the crash, state police said yesterday.

Investigators yesterday discovered the second fuel tank -- added after the purchase of the plane -- and speculated that the weight of the tank and up to 5 gallons of fuel it holds might have led to the crash in a remote, wooded area that killed pilot John F. Harrison, 33, of Union Bridge about 7: 45 p.m. Saturday near Roop Road and Kimberly Drive just north of Mount Airy.

Pub Date: 7/15/96

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