Pilot Inexperience May Have Contributed to Crash Which Killed Family of Four

Federal investigators say it appears a Panhandle pilot who died with his wife and two children while fleeing Hurricane Ivan had less than four hours of night-flying experience.

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report gives no indication of what caused the twin-engine Cessna 336 Skymaster to crash in the early morning darkness of September 15.

It was flown by Kevin Bomback of Molino, near Pensacola.

The plane went down near Magee, Mississippi. The report says Bomback should not have been flying his family, since he had only a student pilot's license, which did not allow him to have passengers.

NTSB investigator John Lovell says he has seen no indication of mechanical failure. He also says it's clear the plane did not run out of fuel, but he says other facts are still being developed.

Weather is among factors under study.

Bomback took off from Atmore, Alabama, early on the morning of September 15. His plane disappeared from radar nearly two hours later near Magee. Ivan struck the northern Gulf Coast the next day.