NTSB releases findings in fatal Akron plane crash investigation

WASHINGTON (WCMH) — The National Transportation Safety Board said that a “litany of failures” were behind a November 2015 plane crash in Akron, Ohio.

The small twin-engine aircraft crashed into powerlines and hit an apartment building on Nov. 10, 2015, killing the plane’s two pilots and seven passengers. No one on the ground was injured.

NTSB investigators said that the pilots did not follow proper procedures and attempted to land the aircraft with an unstabilized approach. The investigators also told the board that required checklists were ignored and that the flaps were incorrectly set.

“In the accident that you will hear about today, we have found a flight crew, a company and FAA inspectors who fell short of their obligations in regard to safety,” said NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart.

The NTSB said that the flight crew mismanagement of the landing approach and disregard from standard operating procedures caused the plane to lose contact with the runway during the landing approach, WEWS reports. The board also said that the airline company, ExecuFlight, was lax when it came to standards compliance, crew training and operational oversight.

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