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If there’s a frequently recurring theme when the NTSB writes the probable causes for aviation accidents, it’s that the pilot was responsible for the outcome: he or she failed to maintain airplane control or didn’t engage in proper decision-making or, perhaps, mismanaged fuel. Often, the conclusions are based on incomplete evidence because the accident involved fatalities and the pilot, having been one of them, isn’t around to tell his or her side of the story and explain the pre-crash thinking and actions. That wasn’t the case in the June 3, 2017, accident involving a Piper PA-23-250 Aztec that crashed shortly after takeoff from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Although one passenger on the Part 135 on-demand air taxi flight was killed, the pilot and two other passengers survived. And, although the pilot described taking actions that to some would be heroic, the NTSB’s probable cause makes him anything but the hero of the piece.