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Flying Blind

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Use of intoxicating liquor by the pilot caused a light-plane crash at Germantown, N.Y., in which both occupants were killed, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

The board said that the 39-year-old pilot, not rated to fly by instruments, continued visual flight into adverse weather conditions and became spatially disoriented. Autopsies showed that the pilot's blood alcohol level was sufficiently high to cause impairment of efficiency and judgment; that of the passenger, even higher.