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NTSB: Dog May Have Caused Fatal Plane Crash Near Monticello

Naylor (Courtesy: KCRG)

Federal investigators say a small plane crash that killed a 90-year-old pilot was likely caused by his decision to allow his large dog near the flight controls. The final National Transportation Safety Board report says investigators don’t know for certain what caused the single-engine aircraft to go down in a cornfield near the Monticello airport in June 2017.But the report says the 75-pound dog likely came in “contact with the flight controls during landing, which resulted in the pilot’s loss of airplane control.” The report says the plane was in good working order before crashing. Pilot Jerry Naylor of rural Jones County was killed. An autopsy showed he died of multiple blunt-force injuries. The dog survived the crash.

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