NTSB Cites Pilot Error, Air Traffic Failure in Fatal Crash

In February, the NTSB released details about improperly installed computer equipment at the Gillespie tower, which might have limited the ability of some controllers to notice the warnings, which sounded for 51 seconds.

However, Kupiec could have seen the Cessna 172 before the collision. He was "within about 6 degrees of its left view angle," the report said.

Online: To read the report from the National Transportation Safety Board, go to and enter the crash date and departure city -- 2/8/2006 and El Cajon -- to search the database.

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