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Pilot in fatal crash may have been disoriented

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - In a preliminary report, the National Transportation Safety Board says a Cessna 182M airplane that crashed last month flew into increasingly cloudy conditions at night before the plane hit the ground at high speed. An aviation safety expert says details presented in the report may point to pilot Glyn Ray Johnson of Gautier, Miss., encountering the classic scenario of spatial disorientation in cloudy conditions that can often send pilots awry without close reliance on their instruments.

Keith Mackey, president of the Ocala, Fla.-based Mackey International, said Wednesday it's the most likely scenario that took place. Johnson and two others were killed in the crash north of Albany, his girlfriend 39-yeaer-old Tabitha Dolbare, of Vancleave, Miss., and their son, 12-year-old Nelson Dolbare, who lived with his mother.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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