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NTSB: Passenger may have had role in Va. crash

Thursday - 12/29/2011, 7:52am  ET

AMHERST, Va. - Federal investigators say a passenger may have inadvertently manipulated the throttle of a light-sport aircraft that crashed in Amherst County in 2010.

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board says the 2010 North Wing Scout XC was equipped with dual flight controls. A throttle control was located on the passenger's footrest.

But the report says investigators weren't able to definitively determine whether the passenger control played a role in the August 2010 crash.

The single-engine plane spiraled to the ground and burst into flames in a pasture off Christian Springs Road. The pilot, 77-year-old John Milhous of Amherst, and his passenger, 47-year-old Carl Weber of Forest were killed.

The News and Advance ( http://bit.ly/rqZgKw) says the NTSB released its "probable cause" report on the crash earlier this month.

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Information from: The News & Advance, http://www.newsadvance.com/


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