NTSB: Pilot error caused Superstition crash that killed 6

PHOENIX - A new federal report says pilot error caused an Arizona plane crash in which six people died on a moonless night two years ago.

A man and his three young children died in the Nov. 23, 2011 fiery crash along with the pilot and an avionics technician on a flight from the Phoenix area to Safford.

The National Transportation Safety Board report says the pilot inadvertently flew into a 5,000-foot-tall peak in the Superstition Mountains because he failed to maintain a safe direction and altitude.

The NTSB report also says the pilot was complacent, lacked situational awareness and failed to use air traffic control visual flight rules or minimum safe altitude warning services.

The report also cited the plane's lack of onboard terrain awareness and warning system equipment.

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