NTSB rules 2008 air crash that killed 2 accident

Posted Oct. 03, 2009, at 12:53 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The National Transportation Safety Board says the February 2008 crash of a private jet in West Gardiner was an accident.

But it will be another month or so before the release of the cause of the crash that killed 45-year-old Jeanette Symons of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and her 10-year-old son Balan.

Freezing rain was falling at the time of the crash of the Cessna Citation.

Shortly before the crash, Symons radioed that she had an instrument problem.

The Kennebec Journal reports Symons was up to date on her flight training and medical certificates and was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Symons and her son spent the week before the crash at the Sugarloaf ski area, where Balan had participated in a ski camp.

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