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FAA investigator reviews Tampa plane crash

TAMPA — The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing Tuesday night's plane crash at Stewart Middle School, but an official ruling on the cause might not come for weeks, an agency spokeswoman said.

A small plane crashed in the school's football field about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday. It remained in one piece, and its pilot, Erik Stasiowski, was not hurt, police said.

According to FAA records, Stasiowski has 12 years of flight experience. Police said he had just taken off from Tampa International Airport and was heading for Fort Lauderdale.

The inspector will try to determine the cause of the crash, said spokeswoman Arlene Salac. For now, the information they have is from the pilot, who told officials last night that his single-engine Cessna experienced engine problems shortly after taking off.

FAA investigator reviews Tampa plane crash 06/09/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 10, 2010 8:06am]
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