Pilot Blamed for Plane Crash

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Tuesday, January 09 2007 Jan 9, 2007 Tuesday, January 09, 2007 3:23:51 PM CST January 09, 2007 in News
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal investigators say pilot error caused an October 2004 commuter jet crash in Jefferson City. The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilots flew the plane as high as it was designed to go just to make the flight more interesting. At the time, they were flying the 50 seat Pinnacle Airlines regional jet from Little Rock, Arkansas, to Minneapolis without passengers. The pilots made aggressive maneuvers, switched seats during the flight and ignored repeated cockpit warnings that the plane was about to stall. Both men died after the plane crashed in a residential area. No one was injured on the ground. The safety board says the accident shows a need for regional air carriers to adopt higher professional standards for pilots.

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