Pilot: Accident Could Have Been Prevented

Wednesday, October 29th 2008, 11:34 am
By: News On 6


TULSA, OK -- A National Transportation Safety Board factual report released Wednesday says the pilot involved in a November 2007 airplane crash near Jenks says the accident could have been prevented. 

That crash seriously injured the pilot and killed his wife and father. 

In the report, the pilot told NTSB investigators, his Cessna 210 experienced electrical problems and was returning to the Jones Riverside Airport at 6:15 p.m., when the aircraft struck high voltage power lines south of the airport's runway. 

Investigators say Rick Musticchi told them the "accident could have been prevented if the poles had been lighted so he could have identified them as an obstacle and avoided them."

Musticchi, a Little Rock Police officer, survived the accident, but his wife, Patricia, and his father, Thomas, died at the scene. 

The accident happened near 81st and Elwood. 

The next report to be released by the NTSB on this accident, will be the probable cause report, which as the name implies, will list what the board believes is the cause of the fatal accident.

To read the NTSB accident report, CLICK HERE.

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