CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The National Transportation Safety Board has uncovered the very same violations FOX 46 first reported last month immediately after the deadly plane crash in Lincoln County.
On Wednesday, the NTSB released its preliminary findings into the deadly crash that killed Teddy Heavner and his friend and passenger Basil "Todd" Sain.
FOX 46 first reported that Heavner never should have been in the air because he wasn't instrument rated, which meant he was not qualified to fly in bad weather. The NTSB's preliminary report backs that up.
The report also found no fault with the aircraft and found Heavner violated aviation rules by not filing a flight plan for his trip to the Oshkosh airshow in Wisconsin.
Heavner was also flying with an expired medical certificate, the report found. FOX 46 first reported that investigators were looking at whether Heavner's medical certificate was current on the day of the crash.
These violations would have voided any liability insurance, according to one pilot, who says the FAA does not have the resources to enforce pilot compliance.
The issue of pilots flying when they are not supposed to is an "every day" occurrence and an "unnoticed danger to public safety," the pilot said.