NTSB: Pilot reported losing power shortly before plane crash in Bayonne

Federal officials say the pilot of a small plane that crashed in a Hudson County neighborhood last month told them the plane started losing power just before it went down.



The information is included in a preliminary crash report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board.



The 56-year-old pilot, George Pettway, was alone in the Piper PA-28R-200 when the crash occurred Feb. 19 in a Bayonne neighborhood. Pettway suffered a broken left forearm, several broken ribs and numerous contusions and abrasions.



He was released from the hospital Wednesday.



The single-engine plane had departed from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York earlier that day.



Pettway was maneuvering around the Statute of Liberty when the power problems occurred and he couldn't maintain altitude. He reported the problem to officials and flew toward land.



The plane mangled power lines and damaged parked vehicles.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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