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Hole found in engine of small plane that crashed into Massachusetts house, killing 3 aboard

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PLAINVILLE, Massachusetts — There was internal damage to the engine of a small plane that crashed into a home and burned over the weekend, killing three people onboard, a federal safety investigator said.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Doug Brazy said Tuesday that investigators found a hole in the engine's crankcase but don't know the cause. He said the engine will be examined at a lab operated by its manufacturer.

The pilot had told air traffic control his engine was failing just before the crash in a Plainville neighborhood on Sunday evening.

Authorities have tentatively identified those killed as Dr. Joseph Richard Kalister, of Knoxville, Tennessee; his wife, Betty Kalister; and their teenage daughter, Nicole Kalister. The daughter had been scheduled to attend a new-student orientation at Northeastern University in nearby Boston this week.

Four people who lived in the house escaped unharmed.

Brazy said the single-engine Beechcraft plane was about 15 miles from the Norwood Airport, where it was headed, and had a cruising speed of about 200 mph before it went down. He said the plane wasn't equipped with a flight data recorder, which wasn't required, and investigators haven't found helpful data on the plane's instruments.

Brazy said investigators found the plane's control cables were intact. He said the plane would be removed from the crash site Tuesday and taken to a facility in Delaware for further evaluation.


This story has been corrected to show the NTSB investigator spoke Tuesday, not Wednesday.

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