NTSB: Pilot intoxicated in fatal plane crash

SEATTLE — The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot who flew a single-engine plane into the side of a Western Washington peak in 2012 was intoxicated. All three people aboard were killed.

The Seattle Times reported that a factual report published recently found that pilot Rob Hill had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent. The NTSB said that’s nearly four times the amount allowed for a crewmember on a civil aircraft.

The factual report was written in preparation for the NTSB’s final report on the Feb. 15, 2012, crash into Mount Si.

The 30-year-old Hill was a flight instructor at AcuWings. Company officials said he took one of the company’s planes from the Renton Municipal Airport without permission.

The report said Hill and friends Seth Dawson and Liz Redling took off around 1:30 a.m. after attending a hockey game and going out to dinner.

The NTSB determined that Hill flew the Cessna 172 into the side of the mountain in the dark.

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