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NTSB: Pilot error caused Virginia plane crash that killed Boynton Beach couple

An October plane crash that killed a Boynton Beach couple and their friends in Virginia was caused by pilot error, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

In a preliminary report the NTSB said the six-seat Cessna 340’s pilot Theodore Bradshaw lost control of the plane while maneuvering to the Hampton Roads Executive Airport in Chesapeake, Va.

The plane then crashed into the terrain. All four on board — Bradshaw and his wife Mary Anne of Cooper City and Charles Rodd and his wife Diane Dotson Rodd of Boynton Beach — died in the wreckage. The destroyed plane wasn’t found until Oct. 12, two days after the crash.

The foursome was flying to Bradshaw’s nephew’s wedding.

Theodore Bradshaw, 61, had more than 30 years of flying experience. The group left from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport around 7:45 a.m. that day hoping to land around noon.

The plane last made radar contact with the air traffic control tower in Norfolk, Va. before noon. Their location was over the Great Dismal Swamp which is near the Virginia-North Carolina border.

Bradshaw filed an instrument flight rules flight plan because instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, the report says. The pilot conducted a missed approach and while maneuvering, he lost control, resulting in the plane descending into the terrain.

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