The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its preliminary report on the deadly plane crash near Elkmont earlier this month.

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The crash occurred near Highway 127 at the intersection of Witty Mill Road.

In their newly released preliminary report, the NTSB said the Beechcraft E95 was carrying a flight instructor and a private pilot and departed Huntsville International Airport at about 10:58 p.m. on December 4. Twenty-two minutes later, the instructor advised Air Traffic Control the plane was in a spin. Radar and radio contact were then lost.

As reported by 1819 previously, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) showed the plane reached an altitude of 5,700 feet with an airspeed of only 42 knots before making an abrupt turn and descending rapidly at -6,727 ft/min. The wreckage was found in a cotton field.

William Huston and Nickel Desai died in the crash.

Both engines remained attached to their wings and were kept for further inspection, according to the report.

The NTSB will release a final report at a later date.

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