- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Aviation investigators have concluded that a physician flying a small private plane failed to reach and maintain a “positive climb rate” before crashing last year near Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Shiv K. Patil and his 7-year-old daughter, Sonia, died in the crash Aug. 3. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1l5qfA5 ) says the report from the National Transportation Safety Board does not identify Patil by name but the circumstances match the crash that occurred after an early morning takeoff.

Radar showed the plane became airborne but never climbed more than 200 feet above the ground. The report quoted a witness who described the weather as “very foggy.”

Patil had received his pilot’s instrument rating in February 2013. The report found no evidence of a mechanical malfunction.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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