NTSB: Pilot error contributed to Akron plane crash

AKRON, Ohio (WDTN) – The National Transportation Safety Board held a meeting Tuesday to talk about the cause of the plane crash that happened in Akron in November, 2015 and what can be done in the future to prevent accidents like that. They found the flight crew failed to comply with numerous standard operating procedures.

The private flight took off from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport and crashed into an Akron apartment building while attempting to land. All nine people on board died, including the pilots. No one on the ground was injured.

According to NTSB officials, the pilots and the company they worked for, Execuflight, had a disregard for safety. Inspectors say the pilots disregarded standard operating procedures and mismanaged the landing approach. The approach checklist was not completed. The NTSB also noted Excuflight failed to properly prepare the pilots. In opening statements, the chairman said the Captain’s test answers merited a failing grade of 40% but it was graded 100%. They also faulted the FAA and it’s oversight of the charter company.

NTSB investigators say the first officer was the one in control of the plane during the landing and that they slowed the aircraft and placed it in danger of a stall. They also say that first officer improperly configured the airplane by selecting the wrong degree for the flaps. The investigators said the Captain did not call out “minimums” and the plane went below them without a runway in sight.

New maintenance and operations oversight changes were also recommended by the NTSB during the meeting Tuesday.

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