Pilot in Kinnick flyover said he was avoiding air traffic

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 13, 2011 7:20 AM

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The pilot of a plane who officials determined flew too low over Kinnick Stadium in the fall said he lost track of his altitude after he dipped lower to avoid air traffic, the Associated Press reported.

A pilot with the 25th Flying Training Squadron, Maj. Christopher Kopacek flew too low during an Iowa-Ohio State football game Nov. 20, 2010. He resigned in March.

According to documents obtained by the Associated Press, Kopacek was a distinguished pilot but committed a misjudgment when he flew over Kinnick.

Kopacek told officials he had dropped low to avoid other air traffic and became “task saturated,” losing track of his altitude.

— by Emily Busse

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