Federal safety investigators say they haven’t yet determined what caused an experienced pilot to lose control of his private airplane and crash into an Orlando lake Nov. 20, but evidence so far indicates he was experiencing problems with the plane’s autopilot system. Robert Stimmel, 61, and his wife Maria Stimmel, 45, were killed when the six-passenger Beechcraft Bonanza flew out of control and nose-dived into Clear Lake about 12 minutes after taking off from Orlando Executive Airport at 11:27 a.m. The couple, residents of Washington State, was bound for Gainesville Municipal Airport in Texas. Mr. Stimmel frantically radioed air-traffic controllers ... Read More
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