Feds say pilot disoriented before 2017 fatal Kentucky crash

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SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) -- Federal investigators say a Kentucky pilot who died along with three passengers in a 2017 plane crash likely became disoriented in bad weather before the aircraft went down.

A report from the National Transportation Safety Board says pilot Scott T. Foster, who wasn't rated to fly by instruments alone, entered an area where the weather conditions would have required flying by instruments.

The Herald-Leader reports attorneys for Foster's widow have raised the potential that icing on the wings of the plane was a significant factor in the crash. But the NTSB did not cite icing as a potential cause of the accident.

Foster, the plane's owner; his 15-year-old son, Noah; dentist Kyle P. Stewart and Somerset police chaplain Doug Whitaker died in the Nov. 12, 2017 crash in Barren County.