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NTSB says B17 crash was pilot error
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 14, 2021 10:33AM
The NTSB has put out its finding in the 2019 vintage B17 crash in Connecticut. Seven people, two crew and five passengers were killed in the crash. According to the agencies investigation blames falls on pilot error and poor maintenance practices.

The planes pilot, who was killed in the crash, was also in charge of upkeep and maintenance for the Collins Foundation.

The NTSB said the flight data indicated that the landing gear was extended too early, adding drag that slowed the plane, and it was traveling too slow on its return to the airport.

“The B-17 could likely have overflown the approach lights and landed on the runway had the pilot kept the landing gear retracted and accelerated to 120 mph until it was evident the airplane would reach the runway,” the NTSB said.

Some blame was also given to the FAA for lack of oversight on vintage planes being used for sightseeing flights.

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Re: NTSB says B17 crash was pilot error
Posted by: raz
Date: April 14, 2021 01:13PM
I was on that plane a few weeks before the crash. It's quite the tragedy.

Here I am, ready to bomb Butler PA


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