NTSB report points to early engine trouble in Armonk plane crash

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on a fatal Armonk plane crash suggests the pilot may have experienced engine trouble prior to takeoff.

Included in the brief report is a statement from another pilot who reported that 63-year-old Keith Weiner had to rev up the engine of the Cessna five or six times while still on the runway at Westchester County Airport.

Just minutes after taking off, the Piermont businessman declared an emergency and crashed into the woods, killing himself, his wife and daughter, and the daughter's friend.

An NTSB spokesperson said there's been no conclusion about whether the rough engine contributed to the crash.

AP wires services contributed to this report

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