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Report: Pilot error likely caused fatal SC crash

Jan 10, 2011 2:25:00 PM - thestate.com
The National Transportation Safety Board says pilot error probably caused a South Carolina plane crash that killed a North Carolina businessman.

William "Skipper" Beck died when his Cirrus SR22 crashed and burned as he practiced landings and takeoffs Sept. 11, 2009 at the Rock Hill/York County Airport.

The NTSB report says the probable cause was the pilot's failure to maintain control and altitude when maneuvering after takeoff.

Beck had a small part-ownership of the Charlotte Bobcats. He usually flew with a certified flight instructor but was practicing alone.

The airplane was new and had only been flown about 93 hours. The report says there was no evidence of mechanical problems.

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