'Poor judgment' blamed in fatal Region 8 plane crash

LAKEVIEW, Ark. (AP) - Federal investigators cite a pilot's "poor judgment" in last summer's plane crash that killed three people after taking off from a popular north Arkansas trout fishing site.

The report released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board says the Piper Cherokee Lance was overloaded when it took off June 26 from Gaston's White River Resort.

Killed in the crash were pilot Warren Langford of Chesterfield, Mo.; his 15-year-old son, Brandon, and 15-year-old Jacob Ritz of Bridgeton, Mo. Two others were injured.

The NTSB report says the aircraft was 188 pounds overweight when it took off. The six-passenger aircraft crashed near the end of the runway at the resort.

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