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NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal north Missouri plane crash

The NTSB released its preliminary report on a fatal plane crash near Mexico, Mo. (Photo: KHQA-TV)

The first details surrounding the circumstances of a fatal airplane crash that killed two people last week were released Friday.

In the NTSB's preliminary report, investigators noted bad weather and a lack of a weather report as possible contributors to the crash that claimed the lives of Arkansas couple Bobby and Shannon Faulkner. The report noted that "instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident," which authorities now estimate at about 4:15 a.m. on July 27.

"There is no record that the pilot obtained a weather briefing or filed a flight plan," the report concluded.

The Faulkners reportedly told an airport official in Mexico, Mo., that they planned to depart the airport in the early morning hours of July 27 to arrive in Oshkosh, Wis., around 7 a.m. the same day.

The airport's manager told investigators that when he arrived that morning, the airplane was gone. It was later reported missing and wreckage located the next day about 16 miles northeast of Mexico.

The NTSB says the debris from the plane was aligned on a heading back towards Mexico.

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