NTSB: Young girl likely kicked controls in chopper
PHOENIX (AP) — A billionaire business owner who died along with four others in a 2010 helicopter crash allowed his 5-year-old daughter to sit on his lap in the co-pilot's seat where she apparently kicked the flight controls and caused the accident, according to federal investigators.
The National Transportation Safety Board reviewed the crash that killed Services Group of America founder and owner Thomas J. Stewart, 64, for nearly three years before releasing its final probable cause report this week.
Stewart's young daughter, wife, brother-in-law and company pilot also were killed in the crash on Valentine's Day 2010.
The NTSB found that Stewart allowed his daughter, Sydney, to sit on his lap on a trip from his northern Arizona ranch to his home in Scottsdale, the Phoenix suburb where SGA is headquartered.
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