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NTSB report: Poor visibility factor in stunt pilot's fatal crash
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Poor visibility more than likely contributed to a small plane crash in the Cherokee National Forest last spring that killed a stunt pilot, according to a report recently released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Jim Maroney of Wisconsin was on his way to an airshow in Florida, but never landed. When he didn't arrive at his destination on March 23, 2014, the FAA issued alert, and search teams began looking for the missing plane through the rugged terrain of the Cherokee National Forest. A Knox County Sheriff's Office helicopter discovered the wreckage the next morning.

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According to a NTSB report, the pilot told the tower he would probably spend the night in Kentucky because of the weather. The plane wasn't equipped with the proper instruments to fly in conditions with poor visibility. Officials believe he crashed while trying to fly across the mountains below the clouds.

When officials found the plane, Maroney was still in the cockpit, wearing a parachute that was never deployed.

Maroney had been a stunt pilot for more than decades. He was also a commercial pilot for Delta Airlines and a U.S. fighter pilot.


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