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NTSB Found Pilot At Fault

The FAA last Wednesday awarded a $9.5 million settlement to the families of four people who died when a Piper Cherokee crashed in Florida in December 2001, according to News4Jax.com. The pilot had made two missed approaches while trying to land in heavy fog at Jacksonville International Airport. The NTSB in April 2003 found the probable cause of the accident was that the pilot became spatially disoriented and lost control of the airplane during a missed approach. A federal judge last November ruled that while the pilot was 35 percent responsible, air traffic controllers were 65 percent to blame for the crash because they had failed to provide current weather information to the pilot, contributing to the disorientation. "We always said this was an issue of multiple causes," lawyer Woody Wilner told Channel 4. "We did not ever try to go in and say the pilot had no responsibility."