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Teens and pilot died in Swiss plane crash after boy was given the controls

Boy, 14, crashed plane, killing himself and two others on board after pilot let him take the controls as they flew over Switzerland, investigation finds

  • Adult pilot and two 14-year-old boys died when plane crashed in Switzerland
  • Girl, 17, was also seriously hurt in the tragedy which happened in 2017
  • Investigators say pilot chose a risky flight path then handed controls to boy
  • Teens taking part in flying club camp, but were not supposed to control planes 

Two 14-year-old boys and their adult pilot died in a plane crash after the man let one of the teens take the controls. 

Swiss investigators say the pilot picked a risky flight path before making the decision to hand the controls to one of the boys, ultimately causing the crash.

A 17-year-old girl was seriously hurt when the Piper PA-28 came down in southeastern Switzerland in 2017.  

 

Two 14-year-old boys and a pilot were killed the 2017 crash, and a 17-year-old girl was injured

Investigators say the pilot, who was not a trained instructor, chose a risky flight path then handed control of the aircraft over to one of the boys before it crashed

Investigators say the pilot, who was not a trained instructor, chose a risky flight path then handed control of the aircraft over to one of the boys before it crashed

The Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board said in a report Friday the pilot had chosen a risky flight course. 

In addition, it said that ‘the pilot’s risky decision to hand the controls to the passenger (was) a direct contributing factor to the accident.’

It added that he hadn’t trained as a flight instructor.

The crash happened around 10 minutes after takeoff. The teens were taking part in a flying club’s annual camp 

The report said the club didn’t intend passengers to take the controls.  

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