Federal Report: Doomed Air Ambulance Had Steering Problems

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A federal report out today confirms a medical flight that crashed after leaving Milwaukee last month had problems with its steering.

The review by the National Transportation Safety Board confirms initial reports that pilots told air traffic controllers minutes after take-off that they had steering problems.

One pilot can be heard telling another pilot to hold the controls so he can pull circuit breakers.

An analysis of the cockpit voice recorder also shows the flight crew was struggling to steer the plane after take-off. The NTSB says it is working to complete a full transcript.

Radar data showed the plane took a little more than a minute to drop into Lake Michigan.

Killed in the crash were two pilots, one of them Dennis Hoyes, a veteran pilot from Jackosn, and four members of an organ transplant team. They were trying to get a pair of lungs to a patient at the U of M hospital in Ann Arbor.

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