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Taunton plane crash probe focuses on rudder

John Schmouth in a recent photo provided by his family.
John Schmouth in a recent photo provided by his family.

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The National Transportation Safety Board today found a problem with a piece of equipment on the rudder of the small aircraft that crashed and killed two people in Taunton, and its presence will now be a part of their investigation, officials said.

“We don’t know the significance or effect it had on the craft,” said Keith Holloway, a public affairs officer for the NTSB. John Schmouth, 69 of Brockton was the pilot, according to authorities. Also killed was the man flying as co-pilot, Roland Deslauriers, 61, of Bridgewater.

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