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October 02, 1987

U.S. and Mexican investigators conducting an inquiry into the airplane crash that left six people dead on a fog-shrouded hillside near the U.S.-Mexican border have ruled out the possibility that the aircraft may have run out of fuel. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman John Tompkins said in San Diego that investigators had determined that the six-seater aircraft's two engines were still operating when the plane--en route to Tijuana's airport--hit the ground just inside U.S. territory Wednesday morning. The lack of a fire at the crash site and the absence of an odor of gasoline amid the wreckage had prompted speculation that the aircraft--a chartered Cessna 340--may have run out of fuel.

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