NTSB releases preliminary report on Louisiana plane crash

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SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Federal investigators have released a preliminary report involving a plane that crashed last month into the Red River, killing the pilot and his passenger.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the small plane piloted and owned by Shreveport businessman Richard "Ricky" Lennard on Feb. 28, made a quick descent before crashing into the water. The Piper aircraft came to rest about 17 feet below the river's surface.

The bodies of Lennard and passenger, Scott Hollis, 56, of Bossier City, were recovered March 2.

The plane was headed from the Shreveport Downtown Airport to the Wilbarger County Airport in Vernon Texas. The report said the men were going on a hunting trip.

News outlets report it could take six months to a year before the final accident report is released.

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