NTSB releases cause of deadly plane crash in Charlevoix
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A federal agency has found that a Michigan plane crash that killed an Indiana doctor, his wife and seriously injured the man's teenage son last summer occurred after the plane stalled because of inadequate air speed.
Friday's report from the National Transportation Safety Board also determined that 46-year-old Dr. Stephen Hatch of Fort Wayne, Ind., failed to follow the proper protocol after his first attempt at a landing his single-engine plane failed. The report says that contributed to the crash.
Investigators found no evidence of mechanical failure or malfunction in the crash.
The plane crashed into a garage near the Charlevoix Municipal Airport in northern Michigan on June 24, 2011, killing Hatch, his wife Kim, and seriously injuring Hatch's then 16-year-old son, Austin.
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