KIMBALL TOWNSIHP, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – The National Transportation Safety Board says the fatal crash of a small plane near a southeastern Michigan airport in the fog in 2014 was likely due to pilot error.
The plane crashed on Dec. 24, 2014, in Kimball Township near St. Clair County International Airport. A 52-year-old Canadian pilot, Lawrence L. Zavitz, was the only person on board.READ MORE: Michigan Voters Urged To Hand-Deliver Absentee Ballots
A report released by the NTSB, which cites probable causes of the crash, was obtained by The Times Herald of Port Huron. According to the report, the crash’s probable causes were the “pilot’s decision to continue flight below the minimum descent altitude without visually acquiring the runway and his delayed and improperly executed missed approach procedure in instrument meteorological conditions.”READ MORE: Detroit Animal Care To Hold ‘Howl-O-Ween’ Adoption Event October 28-31
Conditions were rainy, foggy and unseasonably warm when the plane crashed around 1:30 p.m. in a heavily wooded area. The wreckage wasn’t located until four hours later.
Investigators found no evidence to show the plane was not operating correctly, according to the report.MORE NEWS: FEMA Extends Deadline To Apply For Assistance Due To Damage During June 25-26 Floods
TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.