Phoenix Pilot Responsible for Plane Crash

POSTED: Monday, October 12, 2009 - 7:29am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:25pm

Sunday Marked One-Year Anniversary

SANTA TERESA--- It's been exactly one year since a small plane crashed in Santa Teresa and now investigators have found a probable cause.

NTSB investigators now say that 46-year-old Matthew Douglas Perry is to blame for the crash, for deciding to takeoff and fly into the thunderstorm that Saturday night.

He and best friend Jim Crosby, 43, were in town to buy plane parts when their small plane crashed one mile away from the Dona Ana County Airport.

They both died on impact.

In their report, NTSB investigators said Perry was a licensed pilot, but "...was not instrument rated," meaning he couldn't fly using the instruments on the plane alone.

"No evidence was found indicating either the pilot or passenger had obtained weather information or a weather briefing prior to departure," the report read on.

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