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"Flight Crew at Fault in Texas Plane Crash"

December 5 , 2006

Federal investigators have released a report claiming that the 2004 crash of a private jet scheduled to pick president George H.W. Bush from Houston was caused by mistakes made by the flight crew. The crash killed all three who were onboard.

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Business Jet Services of Oklahoma City by the family of the flight attendant who died in the crash.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the crash was “most likely” caused by the pilot and first officer’s misreading of flight instruments. They suspect that the crew mistook the displayed speed information for the elevation information.

This mistake caused the plane to fly too low into the vicinity of a foggy airport and hit a light pole 3 miles from the landing strip. The pole was 120 feet high.

The pole was near a toll road, and no one besides those on board were injured or killed.

Those who died in the crash were: Millford F. Dickson, 67, from Terrell; Flight attendant Kristi Dunn, 54, from Addison; and first officer Michael F. DeSalvo, 62, from Roanoke;

The Lawsuit

According to the lawsuit filed by relatives of Dunn against the company in February, the pilots were inexperienced with the particular model of jet they were piloting during the crash. This could explain why the crew mistook the airspeed for the altitude.

The report also noted that fatigue might have been a factor in the crash. Dickson’s wife said that the pilot had slept four fewer hours than he normally slept the night before the crash.

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