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Plane plagued by engine problems days before fatal Miramar crash
« on: November 11, 2022, 01:15:34 PM »

Here's the follow up from the earlier crash in Miramar, FL

Days before a plane crashed into a home in Miramar, killing a flight instructor and his student, the two had sought to resolve major engine problems, according to a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report released Friday.
They may have been troubleshooting those problems the day of the crash.

On Oct. 17, an amateur-built single-engine Adventura plane took off from North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines and crashed into the roof of a home in the 2200 block of Jamaica Drive, about 3 miles away, while a woman and 2-year old son were inside. Witnesses reported hearing the engine click off shortly before the plane crashed into the roof of the house, possibly while the pilot was attempting to return to the airport.

A 911 caller had told the operator in Spanish that he heard “the engine stopped in the air. When they tried to restart it, it was very low.”

Several days before the fatal crash, the instructor, Antony Yen, 34, called the engine manufacturer and told him that the plane’s engine had lost power mid-flight, the NTSB report states. The manufacturer told Yen that he needed to update the plane’s engine control unit.
Shortly after, Yen called the airframe manufacturer to report an issue with the engine control unit. The airframe manufacturer told NTSB that he thought Yen and the student, Jordan Hall, 32, were still trying to resolve the issue the day of the crash.

Hours before their fatal flight, Yen and Hall borrowed a screwdriver from a witness’ hangar at the airport. The witness told NTSB that the two had airplane problems in the days leading up to the accident, but had not determined the source of those problems. He added that their engine “did not sound right.”

Neither Yen nor Hall is the registered owner of the aircraft, according to Federal Aviation Administration records; the man who owns the plane lives in Sutherland, Va.