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NTSB Faults Driver and Pilot in Maine Crash
05/09/2014 12:07 PM ET  

The crash at the Knox County Regional Airport in November 2012 killed three men.

OWLS HEAD, Maine (AP) _ Federal investigators say a truck driver and small plane pilot are both at fault for a crash that killed three men at a Maine airport.

The Portland Press Herald reports the National Transportation Safety Board faulted both parties in a report issued Friday. The crash occurred at Knox County Regional Airport in November 2012.

Sixty-three-year-old Camden resident Stephen Turner drove his pickup truck across a runway and collided with a single-engine plane piloted by 24-year-old William Hannigan of South Portland. The plane spun as it took off and then crashed. Hannigan and passengers 22-year-old David Cheney of Beverly, Massachusetts, and 24-year-old Marcelo Rugini of Brazil, were killed.

The report says Turner failed to verify the runway was clear. It also faults Hannigan for proceeding with takeoff.



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