NTSB Blames Pilot For Fatal Crash Near Talihina Last Year

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TALIHINA, OKLA. (KOTV) – The National Transportation Safety Board has said the 2013 crash that claimed the life of an Oklahoma pilot in Talihina was the fault of the pilot, according to affiliate station KOTV.

“Elmer Ray Broadbent, 71, died when his single-engine Piper PA-28 crashed at about 3:30 p.m. on October 21, 2013. The plane crashed in dense woods in a hilly area, so it took a search crew three days to locate the wreckage,” KOTV reported.

According to the NTSB’s Probable Cause Report, the probable cause of the accident was “The pilot’s lack of weather planning and his continued flight into an area of known rain with reduced visibility and his subsequent failure to maintain clearance with trees,” according to KOTV.

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  • Teshia

    He could have had a heart attack, or stroke. We will never know for sure.

    Such a horrible death and so say.
    Praying for the family.

    • Chris

      I suppose that’s possible, but more likely he was “scud running” the act of flying VFR (Visual Flight Rules) in IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) conditions. Hard to imagine why though, this guy was a retired airline pilot. The report at http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20131024X65945&ntsbno=CEN14FA019&akey=1 states that there was rain and low visibility at the time of the crash and witnessed observed the plane flying low trying to avoid clouds. One big clue is that he did not file a flight plan, something he would have had to do if filling IFR. Sad example that age and experience sometimes play a back seat to hubris and complacency. He had probably done the same many times in the past and gotten away with it. RIP.

  • Eldon

    WWII vets flew all the time with no fancy equipment. I think that the air plane broke down and caused the crash and people automatically blame him, because of his advance age. The man could probably drive his Lincoln Town Car in circles around your Avalon. Either way is is a devastating loss for him and all that knew him personally and I’m sure the search and recovery volunteers are still devastated from what remains in their mind.

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