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Report: Fatal Arkansas plane crash was on maintenance test

August 24, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A preliminary report says a fatal plane crash in southwest Arkansas occurred while the plane was on a maintenance test flight.

The Aug. 4 crash of the twin-engine Cessna less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the airport in De Queen, about 130 miles (209 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock, killed 67-year-old John Tackett of De Queen and injured another man.

The National Transportation Safety Board report first reported by the Texarkana Gazette says both men were pilots, but does not identify which was at the controls and does not offer a probable cause of the crash. The report says the site “was consistent” with the right wing of the aircraft striking the ground first.

A final report with a probable cause of the crash is not expected for several months.

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