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NTSB: Mich. pilot disoriented in fatal NC crash

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 10, 2013 at 11:16 am •  Published: November 10, 2013

NEW HUDSON, Mich. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a Michigan businessman was disoriented when his small plane crashed in the fog in North Carolina, killing him and a female passenger.

The crash on March 2, 2012, killed 51-year-old Steve Bown and 47-year-old Karyn Martin of Commerce Township.

The Detroit News ( ) reports that the 51-year-old Bown was flying in "marginal" weather conditions, with heavy fog. The four-seat Cessna 350 crashed in High Rock Lake, N.C.

Bown was a founder of New Hudson-based Performance Springs Inc., a company credited with developing valve springs that increase the top speed of race cars used on the NASCAR circuit.

Authorities say he'd just taken off from an airport in Davison County, N.C., bound for Florida.


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