Initial report says NM plane crash not a mechanical failure

LOS ALAMOS N.M. (AP) – Federal officials say a fatal airplane crash in in northern New Mexico doesn’t appear to have been caused by mechanical problems.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board found no mechanical issues with the single-engine rental plane that crashed near Ohkay Owingeh Airport near Espanola in March.

Los Alamos residents Karen Ann Young and Thomas Spickermann were killed in the crash. Authorities say Young was the pilot.

State Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Armijo says there were no other people aboard the plane.

The NTSB is expected to follow up the initial report with a more thorough report that includes the cause of the crash. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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