Fuel-Starved Plane Handled By ATC
Tower controllers at Page Field in Fort Myers, Fla., last Friday tried to assist an aircraft low on fuel and trying to land in marginal weather conditions. After three landing attempts in low visibility, the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed in a housing subdivision. Laurence and Nina Casey were killed when their Beech Baron crashed into a house at 3:39 p.m. According to the NTSB, after the third missed approach, the aircraft was vectored toward the Southwest Florida International Airport, which has high-intensity lights. At this point, the controllers were advised by Mr. Casey of a critical fuel condition, which he identified as "practically nil," according to NTSB investigators. The specific weather information and air traffic control data was not available at AVweb's deadline. NTSB investigators claim the accident investigation may take up to a year to complete.