SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Federal investigators have concluded that pilot error likely was the cause of a December 2011 plane crash near the Sioux Falls airport that killed four people.
A National Transportation Safety Board report says 54-year-old charter pilot Brian Blake failed to follow emergency guidelines when one of the engines on the twin-engine Cessna 421C apparently caught fire just after takeoff from Joe Foss field.
The Dec. 9, 2011, crash killed Blake, Kevin Anderson and Daniel Swets of Sioux Falls, and Joshua Lambrecht of Brandon. The three passengers were headed to a robotics competition in Rapid City.