DOG OF PILOT PROBABLY CAUSED PLANE TO CRASH
WASHINGTON D.C. – The fatal air crash of a Flight Design CT aircraft in Iowa in July 2017, is most likely caused by a 70 lb Goldendoodle dog. The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) concludes this in a recently published report.
Jerry Naylor – a 90-year-old former commercial pilot – often took his dog Jasmine for a pleasure flight with his two-seater plane. But on July 1, 2017 it resulted in a fatal accident, when the dog was sitting in the passenger seat. Just before landing at Monticelli Regional Airport in Iowa, the dog probably came in contact with the flight controls, resulting in the aircraft to crash into a cornfield.
Unfortunately Jerry Naylor did not survive the accident and the aircraft was badly damaged, but the Goldendoodle survived with some minor injuries and was able to leave the aircraft independently.
The dog was captured shortly after the accident. “First responders were able to catch the dog, who was treated for minor injuries by a local veterinarian,” the NTSB said.
Naylor’s son David said his father had been flying since 1945 and flew 2 to 3 times a week. Jerry Naylor was a former commercial pilot.