Report Shows False Data by MU-2 Pilot

 - September 13, 2006, 5:57 AM

The pilot of a Mitsubishi MU-2 that crashed shortly after takeoff from Portland-Hillsboro (Ore.) Airport in May last year had falsified his records, according to the NTSB. After the accident, which killed all four aboard, the NTSB found two sets of FAA records, the first for Michael McCartney, whose Social Security Number ended in 0866. After McCartney lost his license in 1985 because of several violations, he applied for a pilot certificate using the name Mychal and reporting the last four digits of his Social Security Number as 0688. The pilot had logged 11.3 hours in the MU-2 since he purchased it. His previous experience with the airplane included a gear-up landing in one in 1991. His reported total time in type was about 550 hours.