Pilot error a factor in fatal plane crash
by Duane Williams, KLCB-KTNY Radio
December 29, 2012
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the 54-year-old CEO of Stinger Welding killed in a plane crash December 19th was not certified to pilot a Beech King Air twin turbo prop.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Carl Douglas held only a student pilot permit issued June 2010, and navigating the Beechcraft King Air in the dark, in a snow storm, above the clouds and without visual reference to the ground, exceeded Douglas' student qualifications, says the FAA.
A student pilot may not carry passengers, fly for hire or business, and may not fly above clouds, all of which Douglas appeared to do, the night of the crash.
Douglas and John Smith, 43, died after Douglas crashed on Swede Mountain about three miles northeast of Libby Airport.
The National Transportation Safety Board investigation is incomplete.
By Duane Williams, KLCB-KTNY Radio, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.