By Ian Bush
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A series of errors by the pilots: that’s what federal investigators say is the likely cause of the crash last year in Massachusetts that claimed the lives of seven people, including Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner and philanthropist Lewis Katz.READ MORE: ACLU Announces Philadelphia Police Pilot Program As Alternate To Stop And Frisk
It’s supposed to be routine for pilots. “Before every takeoff, for whatever airplane you’re flying, a flight control check should be done,” says the NTSB’s Robert Sumwalt.
Sumwalt says those in the cockpit of the Gulfstream business jet failed to do so in all but 2 of their previous 175 flights. Had they before this trip, Sumwalt says they would have realized a wind gust locking system was still on.READ MORE: Police Arrest Kareen Welton For Several Hit-And-Runs In Philadelphia, Including Crash That Killed Woman In Center City
“From my perspective, it’s just plain and simple a case of pilots intentionally disregarding procedures,” Sumwalt said.
As lawyers involved in lawsuits over the crash now get their hands on the wreckage, the plane manufacturer — at the behest of the NTSB — is fixing that locking mechanism so pilots wouldn’t be able to attempt takeoff if it’s left on.MORE NEWS: President Joe Biden Touts Made In America Plan During Trip To Mack Truck Facility In Lehigh Valley
Still, Sumwalt laments that the Federal Aviation Administration won’t be able to mandate that fix for up to a year.