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Pilot error to blame for IE crash

May 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Federal investigators say pilot error is the probable cause of a single engine plane crash in a Riverside neighborhood in 2008.The National Transportation Safety Board concluded pilot Brent Allen failed to maintain his airspeed and control before the plane rolled and plunged to the ground. He was at the controls of a single engine MooneyM20C that had just taken off from Corona Airport.

The plane skimmed houses and power lines as it fell to earth. It burst into flames after it hit a parked car.

Thirty-five-year-old Allen of Rancho Santa Margarita, and his passengers, 34-year-old Scott McCullough of Garden Grove and 23 year old Zachary Ronald of Anaheim were killed when the plane crashed and caught fire. No one on the ground was injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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