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Plane that crashed killing Case students is a popular training aircraft
Investigators still looking into what the caused the generally safe and easy to fly Cessna 172-R to go down

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Investigators are try to determine what caused this Cessna 172-R to crash, killing everyone on board.
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The small plane the crashed Monday killing all four Case Western Reserve University students onboard is a popular model for flight training.

Ben Satyshur is an instructor and aviation safety manager for Kent State University’s flight school, which has five of those planes in its training fleet.

The aircraft is designed to carry a maximum load of 764 pounds. Satyshur says the Cessna 172-R has a good safety record and is easy to fly, even fully loaded.

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“They have a normal take-off speed and all those take-off speeds and climb speeds are based on the max gross take-off weight, so it will fly just fine at its maximum weight, it just flies better if it’s at the maximum gross take-off weight.”

It’s not known if excess weight, pilot error or a mechanical problem caused the crash. The pilot radioed that he was having trouble gaining altitude. The National Transportation Safety Board could have a preliminary report in about a week on why the plane went down.

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The following is incorrect. The last few words should read "UNDER maximum gross take-off weight."

“They have a normal take-off speed and all those take-off speeds and climb speeds are based on the max gross take-off weight, so it will fly just fine at its maximum weight, it just flies better if it’s at the maximum gross take-off weight.”

Posted by: Ben Satyshur (Kent State University) on August 28, 2014 9:08AM
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