NTSB: Stall Contributed to Fatal 2018 Plane Crash in Orange County
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April 3, 2020 - by Heather Yakin for recordonline.com
The National Transportation Safety Board has released its report on the May 2018 crash that killed a college president and injured a hamlet of Wallkill man who was his flight instructor.
The May 5, 2018 crash in New Hampton killed Rabbi Aaron Panken, then the president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, who was piloting the plane; and seriously injured flight instructor Frank Reiss, then 65, according to the NTSB.
The report identifies the defining event that led to the crash as "Aerodynamic stall/spin."
According to the NTSB, the Aeronca 7AC series two-seater plane, owned by a flying club and shared by its members, "was not equipped with a stall warning system or instruments for a rear-seat pilot."