BAKER, LA (WAFB) - Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said pilot inexperience with the aircraft is the likely cause of a deadly plane crash in Baker in 2013.
John Carey Fowler, 71, of Brookhaven, Mississippi, was an experienced pilot, but according to flight logs, was making his first flight in that particular aircraft.
Fowler died in the crash and three homes caught fire. The last radio transmission from Fowler was that he was going to crash.
The NTSB added flight box recordings indicated Fowler dropped off two passengers and was flying out of Baton Rouge when the plane stalled and crashed.
According to a report released not long after the crash, the BeechCraft KingAir reached an altitude of 1,200 feet and began a slow descent, disappeared from radar and hit the roof of a home and a tree before hitting two more houses and bursting into flames.
The crash happened about three miles northeast of the Baton Rouge Metro Airport. Fowler was flying to McComb, MS.
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