Teen pilot crash cause

The Northern Star - - NATION -

A PLANE crash that killed a Vic­to­rian teenager on her first solo train­ing flight was likely to have oc­curred af­ter she ma­nip­u­lated the con­trols while on au­topi­lot.

The 19-year-old died when her sin­gle-en­gine Cessna air­craft de­parted Point Cook Air­port and crashed into a hill at Mill­brook, near Bal­larat on Septem­ber 8, 2015.

An Aus­tralian Trans­port Safety Bu­reau in­ves­ti­ga­tion yes­ter­day found it was likely the stu­dent pilot man­u­ally ma­nip­u­lated the con­trols while the au­topi­lot was on and en­gaged in a ver­ti­cal mode.

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