WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) - Right off the top, federal investigators say it was thecaptain's actions and not icing that caused the turboprop plane tostall, and subsequently crash in Clarence Center.
As expected, federal investigators were critical of the cockpitcrew, pointing out their lack of situational awareness.
Investigators say the crew did not take action as the plane'sair speed slowed, saying that Captain Marvin Renslow should haveseen those cues.
The report also indicated that First Officer Rebecca Shaw shouldhave detected Renslow's error.
Tuesday morning's session in Washington also focused on theconversation both pilots had during the flight.
Board Member Robert Sumwalt read from the draft report.
Sumwalt said, "Because of their conversation, the flight crewmembers squandered time and their attention, which were limitedresources, that should have been used for attending to operationaltask, monitoring, maintaining situational awareness and managingpossible threats, and preventing potential errors."
NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart said, "This accident was areal eye opener in many respects. And to me, it was an eye openerwith respect to the behavior of the pilots, especially thecaptain."
At least 23 recommendations aimed at preventing accidents willcome from the investigation.
They include issues regarding pilot fatigue and stalltraining.
The NTSB meeting continues Tuesday afternoon, News 4 willcontinue to bring you the latest.
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