Airline Blames Deadly Buffalo Crash on Pilot Error

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A regional airline is blaming the pilot for the commuter plane crash that killed 50 people near Buffalo earlier this year.

Colgan Air says in a report submitted this month to the National Transportation Safety Board that the pilot's inattention and failure to follow safety rules likely caused Flight 3407 to plummet from the sky on Feb. 12.

An NTSB investigation exposed a series of critical errors by the twin-engine turboprop's captain, Marvin Renslow, and co-pilot Rebecca Shaw. Its report on the crash is expected to be released early next year.

The Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 experienced an aerodynamic stall before plunging to the ground, killing all 49 aboard and one man in a house below.

The Buffalo News reported the airline's account on Monday.

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