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Pilot of doomed plane did not contact air-traffic control, officials say

An investigator reached the crash site Thursday, one day after a pilot discovered the wreckage, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said. The bodies of two people found in the wreckage have not been identified.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: April 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm •  Published: April 5, 2013
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— The pilot of a single-engine plane did not contact air-traffic control before the plane crashed in the Oklahoma Panhandle, officials said Thursday.

The Mooney aircraft crashed about noon Monday in a Texas County field after taking off at 9:30 a.m. from El Reno en route to La Junta, Colo., said Peter Knudsen, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman.

An NTSB investigator reached the crash site Thursday, one day after a pilot discovered the wreckage, Knudsen said.

“The aircraft impacted the ground at a high angle,” Knudsen said. “Its nose was low and it was a high-energy impact. There was a significant post-crash fire.”

The NTSB will release a preliminary report on the crash in five to 10 days, he said.

The bodies of two people found in the wreckage have not been identified, a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner said. The office has sent for dental records because the bodies were unrecognizable, she said.

Officials have not found any witnesses to the crash, Knudsen said. Anyone with information can contact witness@ntsb.gov.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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There was a significant post-crash fire.”

Peter Knudsen,
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman

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