WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a National Transportation Safety Board hearing on a 2015 corporate jet crash in Akron. (all times local):
The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded pilot error during approach to an Ohio airport caused the fiery crash that killed two pilots and seven passengers aboard a corporate jet last year.
The board voted Tuesday to also affix blame to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, aviation company that operated the jet for inadequate pilot training and aircraft maintenance, and the Federal Aviation Administration for failing to provide proper oversight of the company.
The NTSB investigation concluded the pilot attempting to land the jet last November caused an aerodynamic stall by improperly setting the plane’s flaps and failing to maintain proper speed on approach to the Akron airport.
The plane carrying seven employees of a Boca Raton, Florida, company crashed into an apartment building less than two miles from the airport.
The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board says the flight crew of a corporate jet that crashed last year on approach to an Ohio airport, their employer and the Federal Aviation Administration “fell short” in ensuring the safety of the seven passengers killed in the fiery crash.
During a hearing Tuesday in Washington to decide what caused the crash, NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said the investigation of the November 2015 crash outside Akron Fulton International Airport showed disregarded procedures leading up to the crash read like “pages from a basic text for preventing accidents.”
The 10-passenger jet dove into an apartment building less than 2 miles from the airport. No one on the ground was injured.
Hart said in an opening statement that the pilots failed to use required checklists and used an improper and “unstabilized” approach as they neared the airport.
Federal investigators are set to decide the probable cause for a corporate jet crash that killed nine people on approach to an Ohio airport last November.
The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday in Washington.
The jet crashed less than two miles from the runway at Akron Fulton International Airport. Surveillance video from a nearby business shows the jet descending at a high rate of speed over trees before crashing into an apartment building and exploding.
No one on the ground was injured.
The two pilots were killed, along with seven employees of a commercial real estate company based in Boca Raton, Florida.