The pilots of a charter flight that crashed last year in Akron, Ohio, killing seven employees of a Florida real estate development company, ignored multiple routine procedures and their company was lax in its oversight, an investigation has found.
U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigators found failures at charter company Execuflight and the Federal Aviation Administration inspectors who were supposed to assure it was operating safely, NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said in an opening statement Tuesday. The pilots also made numerous mistakes and didn’t follow company guidelines as they attempted to land, Hart said.
“The disregarded procedures I have mentioned read like pages from a basic text for preventing accidents derived from a long history of accidents in aviation,” Hart said. “Yet these procedures and the accident lessons they represent were ignored.”
The NTSB is meeting in Washington to conclude the cause of the accident.
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