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NTSB says cable error caused Spokane River plane crash

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In a final report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board, the cause of a May, 2015, plane crash is said to be improperly installed cables that controlled the planes banking and turning.

The report, written in September, faults the mechanic in charge for installing the cables and the pilot of the plane for failing to notice the error before takeoff.

According to the report, the flight lasted about 11 minutes. Immediately after take off the plane went into a tight roll and completed almost two spiraling turns. The pilot was able to get things under control briefly, and tried to return to the Felts Field airport. The plane crashed into the Spokane River while trying to land. 

Two men were killed when the plane crashed. Spokane Valley Fire Deputy Chief Andy Hail says the men were under water for about 30 minutes before sheriff's divers pulled them from the cold water at about 4:45 p.m. that afternoon. The men were later identified as 60-year-old Lyndon Amestoy and 64-year-old Richard Runyon.

Both men worked for Rocket Engineering and were respected in the aviation community.

The full NTSB report is available here: http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20150508X05509&ntsbno=WPR15FA158&akey=1

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