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After almost a year, investigators find pilot error to be the cause of the plane crash in Norfolk, Neb.


NORFOLK, Neb. (US92/KTIV) - Federal investigators said pilot error was the reason for the crash of a small plane nearly a year ago near Norfolk.

In their crash report, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled out mechanical problems for the crash April 27 about two miles southeast of Norfolk that killed the pilot, 26-year-old Dale Butler, and passenger, 24-year-old Amy Brobst, of Fort Collins, Colorado.

The NTSB’s report said the accident was caused by Butler's low altitude and his inability to see and avoid power lines.

The report said the Butler may have missed the lower power lines the plane struck because he was focused on a set of high tension power lines about a half-mile away.

Toxicology reports ruled out any drugs or alcohol being a factor in the crash.

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