Why Plane Crashed Killing ‘Tarzan’ Star Joe Lara Revealed 

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It was just shy of two years ago that a plane crashed killing weight-loss guru Gwen Shamblin Lara, her husband Joe Lara, and everyone else onboard happened. As those who recall this tragic news will remember, the plane plunged into Percy Priest Lake a few minutes after it took off from an airport that was located near Nashville.

Per NBC News, the National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report confirming what they believe happened that caused the plane to crash.

What happened causing Joe Lara’s plane to crash?

Per the final report, the plane crash was determined to be the result of pilot error after the Tarzan actor reportedly became “disoriented in heavy clouds.”

Looking at the flight track data of the plane, the National Transportation Safety Board explains that the aircraft “made a series of heading changes, along with several climbs and descents, before it entered a steep, descending left turn.”

Turns out, this type of maneuvering is a kind of spatial disorientation also known as a somatogravic illusion. Basically, this type of disorientation causes the pilot (in this case the Tarzan actor Joe Lara) to feel as though the aircraft is pitching even though the aircraft is actually descending.

The Tarzan star was rated to pilot an aircraft with instruments only. A local flight instructor that has flown with the actor several times in the aircraft that crashed told investigators the actor had a difficult time using instruments during periods of low visibility while autopilot was activated.

The local flight instructor went on to insist that Joe Lara was a safe pilot. He, however, did not handle multitasking very well.

Mr. Lara could not visualize in his mind where the airplane was in time/space unless he saw it on his iPad. Mr. Lara wanted to fly to bigger cities like New York and Las Vegas, but Mr. Lardent told him he was not ready because those areas were congested and you ‘had to be on your game’ to operate in those fast-moving environments.”

Joe Lara was just 58 years old at the time of his death. His wife Gwen Shamblin Lara was 66 at the time of her death. Those who were affected by this plane crash are happy to finally have some closure on what happened on that tragic day.

Rest in peace, Joe Lara and Gwen Shamblin Lara.

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