Victim identified in Callaway County crash

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 | 5:09 p.m. CDT

MILLERSBURG —Authorities have identified the pilot who died in a mid-Missouri plane crash Tuesday.

The Callaway County Sheriff's said  Jared F. Hobaugh's was flying the small plane that crashed Tuesday in a pasture. Hobaugh, 31, was flying the plane to Wichita, Kan., where he has family. From Wichita, he planned to fly the plane to Alaska where he lives and operates as a tour guide.

Sheriff Dennis Crane said the plane, a 1947 Piper airplane, went down in a pasture about five miles east of Columbia Regional Airport. Hobaugh had recently purchased the plane at an air show in Pennsylvania.

Crane said witnesses reported seeing a plane flying about 50 or 60 feet above the ground. They heard a sputtering engine and smelled gas fumes, then heard a crash a few minutes later.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Benton Airport in Benton, Kan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Robert Scovill September 23, 2009 | 8:31 p.m.

Well over two decades ago the NTSB and FAA debated the indicated design flaw in the Piper PA-12 that dealt with a lack of positive detection of water in the fuel tanks. After reaching an impasse with the FAA over the matter the NTSB closed their safety recommendation, but marked it as UNACCEPTABLE and walked away. Pilots and passengers continue to die a sputtering death as both agencies charged with oversight do nothing to address the indicated design flaw.

Data Source: NTSB Recommendations to FAA and FAA Responses
Report No: A-83-6
Letter Date:01/13/1986
[O] During the period 1975 to 1981, there were 396 engine failure or malfunction accidents in United States general aviation aircraft involving water in the fuel as a cause/factor. These accidents involved, primarily, small, single-engine airplanes and resulted in 72 fatalities, serious injuries to 93 persons, and minor injuries to
127 persons. Engine stoppage because of water in the fuel occurred most often during the takeoff and initial climb phase of flight, and frequently involved older,
high-wing Piper airplanes with metal fuel tanks such as the Piper Models J-3, PA-12, PA-18, and PA-22; low-wing agricultural airplanes such as the Piper Pawnee (Model
PA-25) and the Cessna Agwagon (Model C-188); and high-wing Cessna airplanes, both old and new, with rubberized bladder-type fuel cells such as Cessna Models C-180, C-182, C-185, C-206, and C-207. The Safety Board believes that many accidents involving water in the fuel can be prevented and that the FAA should act immediately to address this fuel problem involving general aviation airplanes.

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