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Aug 30, 2012 12:25 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Agency faults pilots after Longmont fatal midair collision

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Aviation investigators say the likely cause of a fatal midair collision near Longmont was the failure of pilots in both planes to keep adequate visual lookout.

The National Transportation Safety Board's final report on the crash, dated Wednesday, says neither plane appeared to have mechanical problems before the March 23 collision.

Beverly Cameron of Erie was piloting one of the planes and was injured while attempting to land after the collision. She says the other plane was behind her and it was impossible for her to see it. She says she's disappointed by the finding.

The two killed in the other plane were 30-year-old Ryan Brungardt, an instructor pilot, and 64-year-old Edward "Lee" Omohundro, a student pilot.

Nobody else was aboard either plane. No one on the ground was hurt.

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