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NTSB Assigns Pilot Error to '08 Fall River Plane Crash

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REDDING, Calif. – Approximately one year after the May 23, 2008 crash of a single-engine Beechcraft V35 Bonanza, 4000′ from the Fall River Mills air strip, the National Transportation Safety Board issued its report indicating that the probable cause of the crash was pilot error. All four occupants from Mendocino County were killed. We previously posted on this crash which, at the time, occurred during what appeared to be a high frequency of plane crashes in Shasta County.

According to the Redding Record Searchlight, the crash occurred as the plane was approaching the run way with an inadequate airspeed. This caused the plane to stall and crash on the ground. Witnesses at the time reported hearing engine sputtering then a crash.

The 61-year-old pilot had 25 years of flight experience and is reported to have been a careful pilot by friends.

Again, our condolences go out to the families of those lost in this tragic accident.