The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary crash report regarding the plane that crashed last month in West Odessa.
According to the report, the plane, a single engine Cessna 172, crashed about eight nautical miles northwest of Schlemeyer Field.
The report also stated that the plane, which was owned and operated by American Patrols, Inc., took off at 7:40 a.m. on Dec. 22 with no flight plan filed.
NTSB officials reported that three witnesses who observed the accident reported that the airplane was flying at a low altitude when it went into a steep bank and then “nose dived” into the ground about an hour later.
The majority of the plane did sustain fire damage due to the impact.
The pilot, 29-year-old Jeffery Michael McNamee, was killed in the crash.
An exact cause of the crash is still under investigation and a final crash report from the NTSB will be released within the next 18 months.