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Pilot error cause of 2012 crash

Following a National Transportation Safety Board investigation, the cause of a fatal plane crash at Gothenburg Airport was pilot error.

The crash, which occurred on Nov. 7, 2012, killed 55-year-old James Ross who was a student of then-airport manager Dennis Brown.

Ross, who lived in North Platte, had been practicing taking off and landing using a private plane leased to the airport.

NTSB officials said the accident happened during the fourth landing attempt, as Ross was flying solo, when the aircraft crashed about 50 yards east of the beginning of the airport’s grass runway.

They said “the student pilot’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed on final approach resulted in an inadvertent aerodynamic stall and subsequent impact with terrain.”

After the accident, Brown said he knew of no other fatal plane crashes at the local airport but noted that a pilot was killed in a spray plane accident several years ago near the airport.

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