Investigators blame pilot in 2017 plane crash that killed 4 Austinites


AUSTIN (KXAN) — According to investigators, the pilot is to blame for a plane crash that killed four Austin-area men in Australia last year.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau says pilot Max Quartermain did not properly check the aircraft before takeoff.

The bureau says Quartermain radioed mayday seven times in 10 seconds, but didn’t explain the emergency, before the plane plunged into a mall in February 2017.

The investigators’ final report said the rudder trim of the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air B200 was in the full nose-left position instead of a neutral position before takeoff, and the pilot did not detect the mistake.

Quartermain was killed, along with Greg Reynolds De Haven, Russell Munsch, Glenn Garland and John Howard Washburn, who all lived in the Austin area. They were headed to a golf outing.

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