NTSB issues final report in fatal Alaska crash

A final report by the National Transportation Safety Board concludes an Australian pilot likely became spatially disoriented in poor weather before crashing near Fairbanks last year.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- A final report by the National Transportation Safety Board concludes an Australian pilot likely became spatially disoriented in poor weather before crashing near Fairbanks last year. The NTSB says in the probable cause report it's likely the pilot lost control of the rented Piper Saratoga and "entered a steep spiraling dive from which he was unable to recover." The 64-year-old pilot, Stephen Knight, of Queensland, Australia, and his 60-year-old wife, Gillian Knight, died July 18, 2012, about 43 miles north of Fairbanks. The couple was part of a group of three sightseeing planes. The NTSB says the pilot began the trip using visual flight rules, later asking for instrument clearance despite not being rated for instrument flying.

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