Three men were able to walk away after a small plane went down short of the runway in Western Iowa’s Cass County, Saturday. Atlantic Police say a twin-engine plane carrying three unidentified men from Omaha, Nebraska, crashed about 50-yards short of the west edge of the runway as it was attempting to land Saturday evening. An investigator with the Federal Aviation Administration was at the Atlantic airport this morning to inspect the damage and to try and determine a cause of the crash. Early speculation that the Piper PA-30 Twin Commander ran out of fuel may have proven to be incorrect, as a preliminary investigation showed there was fuel in the aircraft’s right side wing-tank. Just how much fuel remained though, was uncertain. The F-A-A’s Chris Manthe said once his report is filed, it will be reviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board. A final report on the cause of the crash could take anywhere from six to 12 months.
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