Report: Plane Crashed Last Year Due to Slow Speed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Federal investigators say slow
speed contributed to a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off
the Florida Panhandle last year, killing two people.

The National Transportation Safety Board released a probably cause report Thursday. It said the pilot, 60-year-old Evan Zeiger Jr., failed to maintain air speed needed to perform a low-altitude stunt.

Zeiger was flying his World War II-era AT-6-Texan in aformation with other airplanes on March 6, 2010, when the plane crashed in Walton County. His wife, 52-year-old Peggy Zeiger, also died in the wreck.

The NTSB report also said that the pilot's loss of "situational awareness" and his decision to perform the maneuver in the first
place also contributed to the crash.

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