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Long Beach Plane Crash: Turboprop Plane Was Overweight

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Stock photo of a Beechcraft King Air turboprop airplane. | Alamy

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Federal investigators say a twin-engine plane that crashed and burned at Southern California's Long Beach Airport last year was 653 pounds overweight and may have had water in its fuel tanks.

Five people were killed when the Beechcraft King Air turboprop crashed moments after takeoff in March 2011.

The documents also show a maintenance director believes popping sounds on takeoff may have been caused by water in fuel tank sumps. Sumps should be drained before each flight.

A plane maintenance director told the NTSB he didn't believe the fuel tanks had been regularly drained since the owner bought the plane in 2009.


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