Investigators conclude that the pilot’s mistake likely caused the plane accident that killed Captain Dale “Snort” Snodgrass.
According to a National Transportation Safety Board study, pilot error likely caused the aircraft accident that killed Capt. Dale “Snort” Snodgrass last July. According to the investigation, he neglected to disengage the flight control lock before departure, resulting in a loss of aircraft control. The single-engine aircraft crashed at the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport about midday while taking off.
An NTSB investigation states that Snodgrass’ failure to do a preflight control check was “unusual considering his substantial flight expertise.” As determined by postmortem studies, Snodgrass’s inability to execute the preflight check was not attributable to any health-related causes. His nickname was “Maverick” — the call sign of Tom Cruise’s character from “Top Gun.”