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Pilot flew around bad weather before West Virginia crash

CEDAR GROVE (AP) — A preliminary report says an Ohio pilot was maneuvering around bad weather before his plane crashed in West Virginia.

The National Transportation Safety Board report says the pilot contacted air traffic controllers and received permission to make a 30-degree left turn to maneuver around precipitation. About 13 minutes later, the pilot made a left turn to the north and began to descend. He told controllers that he was deviating to get around weather.

Radar contact was lost after the plane turned right and then made a 270-degree turn.

The plane was on its way to Spartanburg, S.C., from Akron, Ohio, when it crashed on April 11 near Cedar Grove, W.Va. The pilot, 50-year-old Lazarus Sommers, and his wife, 56-year-old Maryann Sommers, were killed. The couple was from Millersburg, Ohio.

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