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Records: Stunt planes company safety concerns

Posted at 4:28 PM, May 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-07 19:28:59-04

Before a recent stunt plane crash killed an instructor pilot and student passenger, records show that federal authorities had noted multiple safety issues on similar acrobatic flights offered by a Las Vegas tourism company that allows paying customers -- even those without any previous flight experience -- to fly and control planes.
The April 30 incident involved a fixed-wing single-engine plane operated by Sky Combat Ace that crashed near Jean, about 30 miles south of Las Vegas.
The company on its website advertises aerobatic, air combat and sightseeing flight experiences with package prices ranging from $150 to $2,000.
The business has claimed an unblemished safety record before the recent fatal crash.
But the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have previously identified multiple related safety issues and incidents.