NTSB Has Issued Initial Report on Fatal Plane Crash

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Investigators say in a preliminary report issued Tuesday that weather conditions were poor at the time of last week's plane crash that killed two men near Pryor.

The National Transportation Safety Board report follows an initial analysis of the Cessna 182 wreckage that spreads over a 210-foot-long area. The board's investigation will be completed after the remains of the destroyed plane are removed from the remote location in the Pryor Mountains and examined.

Tuesday's report says pilot Fred Wallis had flown to Sheridan, in the morning from Laurel with Scott Shimamoto to do some work on a home. They departed Sheridan, WY shortly later, at 11 a.m. The 32-year-old Shimamoto was an office manager with Wells Built Homes in Billings. Wallis, who was in his late 50s, did plumbing work as a subcontractor through his business Wallis Mechanical.

--- AP information from Billings Gazette website ---

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