Report: Pilot Gave Faulty Altitudes Before Crash
March 23, 2011, 4:38 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -
The Air Force B-1B bomber pilot who died with his wife had been reporting inaccurate altitudes minutes before his civilian plane crashed in Colorado Springs.
Transcripts from tower communications at the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport show air traffic controllers were concerned that Capt. Martin Anthony Riggan's altitude readings were incorrect.
An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found Riggan crashed about five minutes after he reported missing his approach to the runway. The NSTB said no engine problems were found. A final report on the crash's cause hasn't been issued.
Riggan and his wife, Nicole Riggan, died December 22 when their single-engine Mooney M20E went down in freezing fog. Riggan was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City.
© 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. Material may not be redistributed.
4/27/2015 6:45 AM
The plane carrying the pilot and three cattlemen returning from Hereford, Texas to Gettysburg crashed one year ago today.
5/2/2015 2:11 PM
A Hot Springs man convicted of raping a bridesmaid on his wedding night has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.
5/3/2015 11:20 AM
An early Saturday morning crash south of Brookings has left one Brandon man dead.
4/27/2015 11:16 AM
After searching the vehicle, police found a backpack with 41.9 grams of marijuana with bags, scales, 2 pills of Hydrocodone, and a bottle of alcohol.
4/27/2015 10:00 PM
A living nightmare forces these four women to share a horrific bond.