NTSB releases report on crash that killed Little Rock pilot, 3 others

MONROE, La. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on a Louisiana plane crash that killed a pilot from Little Rock and three other men.

The report on last month's crash indicates that pilot Mason Mauldin was off course and missed his first approach to Monroe Regional Airport. The plane made a tight right turn to the south at 1,600 feet. It climbed to 1,900 feet before descending and disappearing off radar.

Witnesses say they saw the plane coming down almost vertically at a high rate of speed just before hearing the impact.

The NTSB says Mauldin was a commercial pilot with an instrument rating, 470 hours of flight time and a medical certificate dated in 2008.

Investigators say it could take two years to determine the exact cause of the crash.

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