2 fatal Ga. aircraft crashed linked to pilot error

1:57 AM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Recent reports by the National Transportation Safety Board have revealed two fatal aircraft crashes stemmed from pilot errors. 

Pilots were found to be at fault in a fatal small plane crash in January 2012 and a hot-air balloon crash in March 2012.

Former Coliseum Health System CEO Allen Golson and his wife flew from Macon to Ocala, Fla. to meet a real estate agent last January and crashed short of an airport runway. Authorities say 55-year-old Golson failed to maintain adequate airspeed and altitude on his final approach toward the Ocala International Airport. His wife survived the crash.

A March 16 hot-air balloon crash killed 63-year-old Edward Ristaino of North Carolina near Fitzgerald. Authorities say he intentionally flew during storm conditions and crashed.

Associated Press

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