A pilot of a plane that crashed and killed him and a passenger in New York on August 19, 2012, had been warned before takeoff that the craft should not be flown, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The report says a mechanic told the pilot, David McElroy, the plane had a faulty tachometer (which measures engine revolutions) and shouldn’t be flown. The report also says that a friend of the pilot told investigators the single-engine Socata TB10 had problems climbing three days before the crash.
The lone survivor, Erik Unhjem, said he was unaware of the conversation between the mechanic and the pilot. His wife, Jane Unhjem, was killed in the crash. The Unhjems, of Goshen. N.Y., were interested in buying the aircraft and had taken it for a test flight when it crashed last August.
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