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Feds blame pilot error for March FAU plane crash

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board says pilot
error was largely to blame for a March small plane crash in Martin
County that killed four people.

The Cessna was flying too low and too slow, the NTSB said
Monday. The agency also said a warning device malfunctioned, and
the plane carrying Florida Atlantic University bird surveyors was
overloaded.

The NTSB also determined an engine malfunction caused a separate
Florida crash killing a husband and wife near Wellington in August
2007.

The board said the aircraft had a "partially blocked intake
manifold," causing it to plummet just after takeoff.

In a third case, investigators said a pilot whose Cessna crashed
this month near Goodland was not qualified to be flying under the
conditions.


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