Pilot inexperience and confusion responsible for crash of jet in New York last year

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Pilot confusion and inexperience – not severe icing conditions – were largely responsible for the crash of a commuter plane a year ago that killed 50 people, at least 11 from New Jersey, according to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday.

“We haven’t seen a pilot act in this type of situation in such a negative way,” said Tom Haueter, director of the NTSB’s Office of Aviation Safety

NTSB Director Deborah Hershman said the report reveals the cold-weather crash as a “picture of complacency that resulted in catastrophe” that could have been avoided had the pilot and crew been more alert and engaged when problems arose.

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