Young pilot in fatal air crash should not have had passenger

AP News
Posted: Sep 22, 2015 3:58 PM

EATON, N.Y. (AP) — The upstate New York college student who was piloting a small plane that crashed, killing her and a classmate, should not have been carrying a passenger under federal aviation rules.

Colgate University students Cathryn "Carey" Depuy and Ryan Adams, both 18-year-old freshmen from Ridgefield, Connecticut, were killed when the rented single-engine Cessna 150 crashed Sunday not far from the school.

Records show Depuy held a student pilot license issued in October 2013.

Federal Aviation Administration rules permitted her to fly only with an instructor on board until she earned a solo endorsement on her record, but even then wasn't authorized to carry a passenger. The FAA says Tuesday information on whether she had that endorsement wasn't immediately available.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.