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NTSB releases preliminary report on Ralls Co. plane crash

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Aerial view of the plane crash. Aerial view of the plane crash.
Plane wreckage in a Ralls County soybean field. (Photo courtesy of MSHP) Plane wreckage in a Ralls County soybean field. (Photo courtesy of MSHP)
Plane wreckage across the soybean field. (Photo courtesy of MSHP) Plane wreckage across the soybean field. (Photo courtesy of MSHP)
Aerial view shows the debris path. Aerial view shows the debris path.
RALLS COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary accident report Thursday regarding the deadly crash in Ralls County, Missouri, last week.

Missouri State Highway Patrol reported finding the wreckage July 28 in a soybean field at 12:56 a.m. Sgt. Eric Brown said it was determined the crash happened the day before.

MSHP reported two people in the plane - Bobby and Shannon Faulkner, both of Greenwood, Arkansas - were killed in the crash. Authorities said they left Mexico, Missouri headed to Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

APPROXIMATE CRASH LOCATION BELOW:

The NTSB report stated the Mexico Municipal Airport manager said the Faulkners arrived late in the day on July 26. He said the pilot, who authorities believe was Bobby Faulkner, said he wanted leave early in the morning to arrive in Oshkosh when the control tower opened at 7 a.m. 

The manager said he believed the couple camped that night next to the plane.

The report stated the plane departed Mexico at 4 a.m. and crashed at 4:15 a.m. It said the on-scene investigation determined the plane hit the ground in a "right wing low, nose down attitude." 

"A crushed right wing and relatively intact left wing were located further down the debris path, followed by the fuselage and engine," the report stated.

According to the report, there wasn't any record that the pilot received a weather briefing or filed a flight plan.

The preliminary report is below:

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