The post-Thanksgiving Day airplane crash that killed three people--including the son of filmmaker Sydney Pollack--16 months ago in Santa Monica was the result of pilot error, according to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The plane, which rammed into the carport of an apartment complex at 325 Bay St., apparently carried too much weight and was flying too slow and at too low an altitude, said the report, which was released Monday.
Killed in the Nov. 26, 1993, crash were Steven Pollack, 34, of Marin County, and David Lyon, 36, of Westchester, a student pilot. The pilot and flight instructor, Roy Belzer, 40, of Culver City, died several weeks later from injuries sustained in the crash.
According to the report, the plane, a low-wing Marchetti M260, was flying at an elevation of 800 feet, though regulations require flights over populated areas to be at least 1,000 feet.