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NTSB releases a preliminary report on plane crash near Derby

WICHITA, Kansas - The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on a plane crash near Derby.
 
It happened October 18 around 10:17 a.m.
 
The 1975 Cessna Citation was carrying 72-year-old Ed Dufresne and his pilot, 49-year-old Mitchell Morgan, to a speaking engagement in Texas when it suddenly went into a nosedive and crashed near Derby.
 
"It was like a loud clap of thunder, and then all of sudden mushroom cloud, and you saw the flames and kind of shook you a bit," said Brandon Barnhard, plane crash witness.
 
After the smoke cleared, the bodies of two men were recovered.
 
The NTSB says the plane departed Wichita Mid-Continent Airport about 10:07 a.m. and was destined for New Braunfels Regional Airport, New Braunfels, Texas.
 
The plane climbed about 15,000 feet.
 
The controller cleared the pilot to proceed direct to Millsap, Texas and climb to 23,000 feet. 
 
Over the next minute, the aircraft made an abrupt right turn followed by an abrupt left turn. 
 
Radar data showed the airplane descended to 14,600 feet before resuming climb and reaching 15,200 feet.
 
The aircraft then made an abrupt descending left turn and radar and radio contact was lost.
 
The NTSB report reveals icing conditions above 6,000 feet.  The report doesn't pinpoint that as the actual cause.
 
An expert chimed in on what icing can do to a plane.
 
"Icing conditions means the air is cold enough to cause ice to accumulate on the outside of an aircraft at or above a certain altitude."
 
He says that might not be the culprit in the crash.
 
"It would weigh an airplane down and keep it from getting lift, but our experts don't think icing had anything to do with the crash."
 

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