Pilot Error Blamed in Fatal St. Augustine Airport Crash

Two years after a fatal plane crash at Northeast Florida Regional Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that pilot error was the cause. The crash, which killed a flight instructor and a student pilot prospect, occurred when a Cessna 152 stalled and crashed during approach to the runway. The NTSB found no mechanical failure, and aviation expert Ed Booth stated that the plane was in a flyable condition. The stall happened just 100 feet above the ground, leaving no time for recovery. Booth outlined three warnings that could have alerted the pilot to the impending stall. The flight instructor worked for the Florida Flier Flight Academy, which has not yet responded to requests for a statement.

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