A preliminary federal report says a small plane hit and severed a power line before crashing about two miles southeast of Norfolk on April 27th, killing two people aboard.
The National Transportation Safety Board says the plane flown by 26-year-old Dale Butler of Omaha was airborne just two minutes before it struck the line. Witnesses had reported that the plane hit a line and investigators found the severed line about a quarter mile from the crash site. It had been strung about 20 feet high.
Also killed was Butler's passenger, 24-year-old Amy Brobst of Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Piper PA-28 plane was registered to the Pro-Flite Inc. flight training school based in Omaha. FAA records say the single-engine aircraft was built in 1967.