NTSB releases preliminary report on Baker plane crash

BAKER, LA (WAFB) - A report released Monday evening by the National Transportation Safety Board states a flight plan had not been filed before an airplane crashed into a Baker neighborhood.

According to the report, the BeechCraft KingAir reached an altitude of 1,200 feet and began a slow descent, disappeared from radar and hit the roof of a home and a tree before hitting two more houses and bursting into flames.

The pilot of the plane, John Fowler of Brookhaven, MS, died in the crash. The last radio transmission from Fowler was that he was going to crash.

The craft's cockpit voice recorder was recovered and shipped to Washington, DC for examination.

The crash happened about three miles northeast of the Baton Rouge Metro Airport.  Fowler, 71, was flying to McComb, MS.

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