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Plane had engine problem before Maine crash, NTSB says

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Investigators said engine failure may be to blame for the fatal crash of a small plane last summer 100 yards from the historic Portland Head Light. Dr. Louis Hanson was unresponsive June 24 when he was recovered from the water after his Stinson S108 splashed down off Cape Elizabeth. The Sun Journal reported that the National Transportation Safety Board found that the lower portion of one of the pistons had fractured, causing metal pieces to enter the engine’s camshaft. The report, which did not draw any final conclusions, said the airplane was built in 1946 and had its original engine.

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