NTSB releases crash report that killed St. Augustine pair

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its final report on a plane crash that killed two people from St. Augustine in 2012.

The pilot -- 48 year old Patsy Crisafi and 45 year old Vincent Vaccarello were the only ones on the Cirrus S-R-22 single engine plane that crashed and burst into flames in a wooded area near Gary Indiana.

The NTSB report does not isolate one reason for the crash. It says the plane started a descent to the runway at the airport in Gary, but then pulled up and started to roll to the right -- and then started heading nose down -- with a rapid descent.

The report says examination of the wreckage showed no mechanical failures. The air traffic controller says he was distracted by a warning on his radar -- which took his attention away from guiding the plane in for a moments.

"Toxicology testing indicated the pilot used cocaine, hydrocodone, and marijuana at some point in the recent past. However, the use of the cocaine and hydrocodone likely did not affect the pilot's performance at the time of the accident, and the effect of the marijuana use could not be determined from the available evidence."

Link to the report


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