Report blames Kodiak crash on pilot error

Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

KODIAK - The National Transportation Safety Board report says a commercial plane crash at the Kodiak's airport was due to pilot error.

The report faults 37-year-old Jason Lobo with a "failure to maintain clearance from rising terrain during takeoff" - a decision to not use the full length of the runway in winds gusting to 31 mph.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the Britten-Normann Islander did not clear trees.

Lobo on March 15 was at the controls of a Servant Air flight to Old Harbor with two passengers, 38-year-old Martin Inga and his wife, 33-year-old Zora Inga.

One person suffered a broken arm, another a sprained ankle and one received cuts and bruises.

The crash was the second for Servant Air in three years. In January 2008 a Servant Air Navajo Chieftain bound for Homer crashed in Chiniak Bay shortly after takeoff, killing six.



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