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Investigators: Pilot error caused fatal crash into Md. house

Investigators: Pilot error caused fatal crash into Md. house

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pilot error caused a private jet to crash into a house in suburban Maryland, killing a woman and two of her young children along with the pilot and two passengers, federal investigators said Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded at a board meeting that the pilot failed to turn on the plane's de-icing equipment in near-freezing temperatures, causing ice to accumulate on the wings. That meant the jet approached the runway at Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg too slowly, and the plane stalled in midair and crashed into the house, less than 1 mile from the runway.

The house was engulfed in a fireball immediately after the crash...

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