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Crash investigators find rules violations

Updated: January 29, 2009, 10:04 AM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Investigators blamed NASCAR for a "tragic, unnecessary" plane crash in 2007, saying the racing organization let one of its aircraft take off without checking an electrical problem reported the day before.

NASCAR violated federal aviation rules when it allowed the small corporate plane back in the air on July 10, 2007, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.

The Cessna 310 was en route from Daytona Beach to Lakeland in Florida when it crashed outside ...

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