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Pilot failed to see tree before Lodi plane crash, NTSB says

Lodi plane crash

LODI (WKOW) -- The pilot who survived when his plane crashed in Lodi in 2018 told federal investigators he did not see the tree his aircraft hit before it went down.

According to a factual report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot was approaching Lodi Lakeland Airport on December 15, 2018, when he said he was "fixated with maintaining his airspeed during final approach and that he inadvertently allowed the airplane to drift north of the final approach course and into the tree."

The pilot fractured his sternum during the crash. He also suffered numerous bruises.

He was the only person on board.

The NTSB report says the pilot reported there were no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane before the crash.

The pilot told an NTSB investigator the cause of the accident was "pretty straight forward" and that he simply "did not see the tree," according to a memorandum of voicemail filed by NTSB air safety investigator Andrew Todd Fox.

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