Pilot error cited in military plane crash

Investigators say the cause of a military plane crash that left nine people dead outside Savannah, Ga., was pilot error.

Nine airmen from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard died May 2 when the plane plunged onto Georgia Highway 21 shortly after takeoff from the Savannah airport. The pilot was identified as Maj. José R. Román Rosado of Manati, Puerto Rico.

According to a U.S. Air Force Accident Investigation Board report, the left outermost engine experienced problems, and investigators found that the crew’s handling of the problem deviated from standard procedures, news outlets reported. Failure to follow the procedures caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft.

— Associated Press

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— From news services