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NTSB: Pilot error led to fatal Centre County crash

| Friday, March 30, 2007

A pilot failed to maintain enough speed to avoid stalling while trying to land a plane that crashed in Centre County two years ago, killing six people, federal investigators said in a new report.

The pilot, Jeffrey Jacober, 51, of Providence, R.I., was killed when his small plane crashed near a construction site in Bellefonte on March 26, 2005. Five others aboard also died, including Jacober's wife and son.

Jacober's error during final approach led to an "inadvertent stall/spin," the National Transportation Safety Board said.

The plane was carrying members of two Rhode Island families and was en route from Naples, Fla., to State College, where the families were to watch Jacober's son, Michael, play in a lacrosse game at Penn State University.

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