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Plane in crash off Pelee Island was ice-laden, overloaded: report

A plane that crashed into Lake Erie off Pelee Island two years ago killing all 10 people on board was overloaded and laden with ice, a transportation agency reported Tuesday.

A plane that crashed into Lake Erie off Pelee Island two years ago, killing all 10 people on board, was overloaded and laden with ice, a transportation agency reported Tuesday.

In its 62-page report, the Transportation Safety Board also criticized pilot Wayne Price, saying he had been warned by two passengers that there was ice on the wings of the Cessna aircraft but he decided to fly the plane anyway.

"The pilot made a number of decisions that increased the risk to the safe operation of the flight," said the board.

"The pilot's assessment of risk was likely degraded by some combination of stress and fatigue."

The plane crashed Jan. 17, 2004, killing eight hunters from Ontario, along with Price and his L.A.-based girlfriend.

The gross weight of the plane with passengers was 4,454 kilograms at the time of the crash, the report said. But the Cessna's aircraft manual recommends it weigh no more than 3,878 kilograms when flying into icy weather.

The report said the average passenger weight exceeded federal standards. The average weight on that flight was 240 pounds. But the average weight for male passengers was 188 pounds, including clothes, and 141 pounds for women.