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NTSB report says plane broke-up as it descended in deadly crash near Kingman

Mohave County Sheriff's Office

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report released Thursday says a Nevada man’s experimental small plane crashed northwest of Kingman after it began to break-up in midair.

Mohave County Sheriff’s officials said previously that 73-year-old Richard Dennis Moynihan of Boulder City, Nevada, was the only person aboard the single-engine plane when it crashed Feb. 19.

According to the N-T-S-B preliminary report, the amateur-built Vans RV-7A had “an in-flight breakup” while making a rapid, descending turn and then spiraled nose-down into the ground.

The report said several pieces fell from the airplane as it went down.