The death of a 90-year-old Iowa pilot in a small plane crash two years ago was likely due to his large dog flying next to him in the passenger seat of his two-seater plane, federal authorities said.
Jerry Naylor, from Scotch Grove, Iowa, was attempting to land a single-engine two-seater plane when he crashed into a cornfield next to the runway at Monticello Regional Airport in Iowa on July 1, 2017. The NTSB said that the pilot’s dog likely made contact with the flight controls and interfered with the pilot’s ability to land the plane. The NTSB said that they did not find any mechanical problems during the examination of the plane and its engine. This led them to believe the dog interfered with the plane control causing the plane to crash nose down about 250 feet from the runway. The dog survived with minor injuries.