Updated: Tuesday, 02 Feb 2010, 12:45 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 02 Feb 2010, 12:45 PM EST
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) - Right off the top, federal investigators say it was the captain's actions and not icing that caused the turboprop plane to stall, and subsequently crash in Clarence Center.
As expected, federal investigators were critical of the cockpit crew, pointing out their lack of situational awareness.
Investigators say the crew did not take action as the plane's air speed slowed, saying that Captain Marvin Renslow should have seen those cues.
The report also indicated that First Officer Rebecca Shaw should have detected Renslow's error.
Tuesday morning's session in Washington also focused on the conversation both pilots had during the flight.
Board Member Robert Sumwalt read from the draft report.
Sumwalt said, "Because of their conversation, the flight crew members squandered time and their attention, which were limited resources, that should have been used for attending to operational task, monitoring, maintaining situational awareness and managing possible threats, and preventing potential errors."
NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart said, "This accident was a real eye opener in many respects. And to me, it was an eye opener with respect to the behavior of the pilots, especially the captain."
At least 23 recommendations aimed at preventing accidents will come from the investigation.
They include issues regarding pilot fatigue and stall training.
The NTSB meeting continues Tuesday afternoon, News 4 will continue to bring you the latest.