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      Engine power loss to blame in fatal Mancelona plane crash

      The cause of a fatal plane crash that killed a man in Mancelona in Nov. 2012 has been determined to be a loss of power in the right engine.

      The cause of a fatal plane crash that killed a man in Mancelona in Nov. 2012 has been determined to be a loss of power in the right engine.

      According to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot was unable to maintain control of the plane after losing power to the right engine. The NTSB was unable to determine why the engine lost power because the exam of the plane wreck revealed no malfunctions or anomalies.

      The report claims the crash site location was consistent with the pilot's "failure to maintain a minimum control airspeed and subsequent loss of control roll to the right."

      Roger Crawford, 68, was killed in the crash on Nov. 21, 2012 north of Mancelona Rd. near Crooked Lake.

      The report says while a witness saw the plane depart, no one witnessed the crash itself.

      The plane, a Cessna 310B was located in a remote area of Lakes of the North off of C-38 about two days later. It was found in a heavily wooded area about 1 mile from the end of the runway from which it departed.

      Sheriff Daniel Bean reported at the time that Crawford was an experienced pilot with many years of commercial flight time.