PUBLISHER’S CRASH DUE TO POOR WEATHER, PILOT ERROR

By: Joe Strupp

Former Washington State Newspaper Exec Died Last Year





A former newspaper publisher who died when the helicopter he
piloted crashed in Oregan more than a year ago was the victim of
poor weather and his own pilot error, a National Transportation
Safety Board report revealed.



The NTSB conclusions, released this week, stated that Ted Natt,
58, crashed because he failed to clear a high ridge along his
regular flight route. The crash occurred outside Clatskanie,
Ore., on Aug. 7, 1999.



The report also said low clouds and poor visibility from isolated
thunderstorms also hampered his night flying. A 20-year flying
veteran, Natt had served as publisher of The Daily News in
Longview, Wash., until just two months before his death, having
sold the paper to Howard Publications of Seattle.



Natt was publisher when the newspaper won a Pulitzer for its
coverage of the eruption of nearby Mount St. Helens in May 1980.







Joe Strupp (jstrupp@editorandpublisher.com) is an associate editor for E&P. AP
contributed to this report.







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MISSING PUBLISHER’S BODY FOUND IN OREGON (09/20/99)







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