NTSB investigating fatal plane crash in Arkansas

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board says its investigation into a plane crash that killed a New Mexico couple will focus on the pilot, the airplane and the environment.

NTSB Air Safety Investigator Craig Hatch told the Sentinel-Record that an engine issue may have led to the crash on Thursday. Hatch says the plane wasn't equipped with a "black box"
recording device, but the aircraft might have global positioning and engine-monitoring systems from which pre-crash data could be obtained.

Sixty-five-year-old Thomas Parker and 70-year-old Wanda Parker were flying from Carlsbad, N.M., to Hot Springs to visit relatives when their Cessna 182 went down.

Hatch says the NTSB generally files a preliminary report within a week after an accident, but it could be nine months before the exact cause is known.

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