NTSB: Pilot error in '08 Minn. crash that killed 8

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Posted: Mar 15, 2011 5:08 PM
NTSB: Pilot error in '08 Minn. crash that killed 8

The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that pilot error caused a 2008 business jet crash in Minnesota that killed eight people.

The ruling Tuesday cited the pilot's decision to attempt a go-around without enough runway left after touching down at the Owatonna airport in southern Minnesota on July 31, 2008.

The NTSB cited contributing factors, including poor coordination between the pilot and first officer and fatigue that likely impaired their judgment.

Investigators also cited a wet runway, an 8-knot tailwind and a seven-second delay in braking that prevented the Hawker Beechcraft jet from stopping safely before the end of the runway.

The crash killed the two Pennsylvania pilots and six passengers from New Jersey who were casino and construction executives in town to discuss an Atlantic City casino project.