After almost a year of investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has finally released its findings regarding the cause of the fatal vintage military jet crash that occurred in Tehachapi last July 4, 2009.
According to reports, the agency determined that the aircraft’s pilot was not able to maintain the altitude needed while conducting a low-level maneuver.
The crash ended the lives of the city’s veteran aviator and airport director.
After the accident, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) canceled the ground instruction and airline passport pilot certificates of Douglas Gilliss, from Solana Beach, a Vietnam War veteran and a former captain of the Air Force.
Reports said Gillis is an experienced pilot. He is now appealing this revocation.