Feds say pilot disoriented before fatal 2017 crash

Posted at 1:11 PM, Jul 10, 2019

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Federal investigators say a Kentucky pilot who died along with three passengers in a 2017 plane crash likely became disoriented in bad weather before the aircraft went down.

A report from the National Transportation Safety Board says pilot Scott T. Foster wasn’t rated to fly by instruments alone and entered an area where the weather conditions would have required flying by instruments.

The Herald-Leader reports attorneys for Foster’s widow have raised the potential that icing on the plane’s wings was a significant factor in the crash. But the NTSB didn’t cite icing as a potential cause of the accident.

Foster, the plane’s owner; his 15-year-old son, Noah; dentist Kyle P. Stewart and Somerset police chaplain Doug Whitaker died in the Nov. 12, 2017, crash in Barren County.