Nation: Unseen Hand

A plane flies itself into the Atlantic Ocean

Accidents in private aircraft, which last year killed 1,215 people, occur in a variety of ways, but none more bizarre than the one that happened last week when Pilot Lou Benscotter picked up Robert ("Bo") Rein, the new football coach at Louisiana State University, and began to fly from Shreveport to Baton Rouge.

Heading into storms, Benscotter apparently put the twin-engine Cessna 441 into a climb to get over the weather. Later, radar detected the plane flying an erratic course, and the Air Force scrambled jets to investigate. Captain Daniel Zoerb spotted the Cessna off...

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