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Probe: Pilot Error May Have Caused Burma Crash

4 February 2013

An investigation into the Christmas Day crash of an Air Bagan Fokker 100 jet in Burma’s Shan State that killed two people suggests pilot error may have been to blame, Civil Aviation Department Deputy Director General Win Swe Tun said on Friday. The pilots failed to decide quickly enough whether to use visual or instrument guides for landing in foggy conditions, he said. No evidence was found suggesting engine failure, security-related issues or malfunctioning of flight controls, based on a report prepared with the aid of aviation experts from the Australian Transport Safety Board, which examined the “black box” with flight data.—AP