NTSB Report: Crash that killed Northland's "Rose Man" was pilot's fault

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NTSB Report: Crash that killed Northland's "Rose Man" was pilot's fault

March 26, 2014 Updated Mar 26, 2014 at 2:18 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) ---- Federal investigators have determined that the crash that killed Duluth's Rose Man last March near Hawley Minnesota was caused by pilot error.

48-year-old Kevin Ferris died when his Cessna 152 went down in heavy fog as he attempted to fly from Superior to Moorhead on March 29 of last year.

The National Transportation Safety Board released the final crash report Monday saying Ferris did not have the proper instrument rating recommended for the weather conditions at the time of the incident and made an "improper decision" to fly in conditions he was not qualified to handle.

The report says that Ferris was aware of the foggy conditions, even speaking to his mother during the flight, who had asked him to land.

Investigators located the wreckage 15 miles east of the Hawley airport and say it appeared to have been a high speed crash with the right wing low, indicating the pilot lost control of the aircraft.

There were no mechanical issues found with the plane.

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