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NTSB: Pilots likely at fault in 2012 deadly reservoir plane crash

Posted at 8:46 AM, Nov 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 10:51:08-05

DENVER (AP) — Federal investigators say the deadly crash of a small plane into a Colorado reservoir likely occurred due to errors made by the two pilots.

The Colorado Sun reports the National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on the February 2017 crash that killed 58-year-old Patrick Blankemeier, of Arvada, and 23-year-old James Griffith, of Denver.

The Cessna 172 crashed into the Culver Reservoir near Berthoud.

The report says the wreck was probably caused by the pilots' failure to "adequately recover from the intentional aerodynamic spin."

Investigators did not find any evidence of mechanical problems or flight control issues that would have disrupted flying.

Both Griffith and Blankemeier were licensed pilots.


Information from: The Colorado Sun,