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Feds: Pilot disoriented in crash that killed 2

The scene from 2011.  (Source: WMBF) The scene from 2011. (Source: WMBF)

By BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Federal investigators have determined that a Massachusetts pilot became disoriented making instrument approaches before a fatal plane crash at an RV park in North Myrtle Beach last year.

The National Transportation Safety Board found the probable cause of the January 2011 crash killed 62-year-old Kenneth Thode of Plymouth, Mass., was crash was spatial disorientation.

Investigators say Thode was practicing takeoffs and landings at an airport about a mile away when his single-engine Cessna plowed into the RV park killing another New Englander, 70-year-old Eva Sullivan of Sunapee, N.H.

The plane hit a tree, a pickup truck and a travel trailer on the ground.

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