Report: Pilot's actions to blame for 2013 crash in Indiana

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Posted: Apr 19, 2016 11:17 AM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Federal officials say a pilot's "inadequate response" to mechanical problems and his decision to allow an unqualified passenger to handle airplane controls caused a crash that killed two people and injured three more.

Fifty-eight-year-old pilot Wesley Caves and 60-year-old Steve Davis, a former University of Oklahoma quarterback, died March 17, 2013, after their private jet crashed into homes near an airport in South Bend, Indiana.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its final report on the crash last Thursday. It states that Caves failed to adhere to procedures when both of the plane's engines shut down. The report also says that the engines' inadvertent shutdown was the direct result of Davis' manipulation of the plane controls.