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NTSB releases preliminary report on a fatal crash near Norfolk, NE

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Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board have released their preliminary report on a fatal plane crash south of Norfolk.

The NTSB report says the crash, which killed pilot Dale Butler of Omaha and passenger Amy Brobst of Fort Collins, Colorado, happened just before 8 p.m. on April 27th.

Witnesses at Norfolk Regional Airport told NTSB investigators that they saw the plane take off, climb to about a thousand feet, and then descend to a low altitude before dropping out of sight.

Witnesses then say the saw the plane turn sharply left and then descend out of sight again.

NTSB investigators say a 20-foot high power line about a quarter-mile from the crash site was severed, and the damage to the plane was consistent with a power line strike.

An actual cause of the crash has not been revealed.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, and NTSB officials have said the final accident report could take 12 to 18 months to complete.

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