Published: Oct 07, 2011 8:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Federal officials confirm former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein (OAF'-uh-line) was the pilot of a small plane that stalled and crashed last month in rural Alaska.
    
National Transportation Safety Board Alaska regional chief Jim La Belle says an engine check was conducted on the crashed Cessna 206 Friday and no problem was found.
    
La Belle says the NTSB investigation continues and will look at any potential issues involving Oefelein or mechanical problems.
    
Oefelein managed to skillfully steer the stalled small plane into some alder bushes and land without any injuries near Judd Lake northwest of Anchorage Sept. 15. None of the three on board was injured.
    
Oefelein, of Anchorage, piloted the shuttle Discovery in December 2006.
    
His former girlfriend, astronaut Lisa Nowak, was later charged with assaulting his new girlfriend.

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