posted on February 03, 2010 07:22
The National Transportation Safety Board has blamed a slew of pilot errors for the airplane crash in Clarence, which killed 50 people. The NTSB has released its final report in which it points the finger squarely at Captain Marvin Renslow and co-pilot Rebecca Shaw. The NTSB says Renslow entered the wrong speed on the plane's computer. The safety agency says the pilot and co-pilot never noticed the plane coming to a dangerously slow speed before the computer triggered emergency action. At that point, the report says Renslow again made errors by pulling back on the controls instead of pushing forward. The NTSB says that caused the plane to stall and eventually crash. The report indicates the plane had no mechanical failures and could have been saved by corrective pilot action. The agency is calling for strict new safety enhancements, although NTSB chair Deborah Hersman says previous recommendations made by the board have not been implemented. Federal investigators are determined First Officer Rebecca Shaw was at fault for not taking preventative measures.
Genesee County Legislature Chair Mary Pat Hancock tonight delivers her annual State of the County address. Hancock’s address is scheduled for 7 tonight in the Legislature Chambers in the Old County Courthouse. She is expected to focus on the issues of last year and look ahead to the challenges of 20-10.
The 19-year-old Clarence man who injured four police officers and three pedestrians on a wild drunken ride out of Ralph Wilson Stadium is headed to prison. Prosecutors say Brandon McLean was sentenced to nine years behind bars for his actions after the Bills game on October 11th. He could have faced up to 25 years behind bars if the case went to trial. The judge rejected McLean's tearful request to be sent to substance abuse treatment instead of prison.