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PHOENIX -- Federal investigators say pilot error caused a fiery plane crash last year in Mesa that killed both people aboard.

The National Transportation Safety Board's report found no mechanical problems with the plane and determined the pilot had failed to control the Nelson Rans S-12 ``while maneuvering at low altitude shortly after takeoff.''

The NTSB says the plane was about 200 to 300 feet above ground when it made a sudden right turn, banked about 90 degrees and then ``appeared to stall and enter a spin.''

The aircraft appeared to hit an earthen wall and then burst into flames.

The Arizona Republic says the plane was registered to 56-year-old Mike Hazel, a passenger who died in the crash on April 3, 2012. Also killed was 23-year-old pilot Davis Vaughan.


Information from: The Arizona Republic,

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