Report: ‘Fuel starvation’ causes 2020 fatal plane crash in Midland Co.

A small plane crash in Midland County two years ago that killed a Lake City woman and injured her husband was likely caused by “fuel starvation” engine failure, according to a recent National Transportation Safety Board report.

Dorothy Granger, 64, died of blunt force trauma at the crash site, and her husband, William Granger, 64, was hospitalized after the crash landed in a farmer’s field near East Shaffer Road and North Sturgeon Road in Mills Township. 1, 2020.

The couple departed Home Acres Sky Ranch Airport in Lake City at about 11:25 a.m. that day and arrived at Jack Barstow Airport in Midland about 12:05 p.m., according to the NTSB’s seven-page final crash report.

Granger later told investigators that he and his wife, also a pilot, “flew” the single-engine plane before leaving Lake City with the right fuel tank full and the left fuel tank “partially full.” said that he does not know which fuel tank was used during the first 30 minutes of the flight.

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