Initial Report on Plane Crash Expected Today

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to release its initial findings today into the cause of a plane crash near Billings that killed both men aboard.

Scott Shimamoto of Billings and Fred Wallis of Lavina were returning from a trip to Sheridan on October 13th where they were doing some last-minute construction work on a home. The Cessna 182 went down in a remote area of the Pryor Mountains about 25 miles southeast of Billings.

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.

NTSB investigator Kristi Dunks has said that no flight plan was required for the trip, which met requirements for what's known as "visual flight rules."

-- AP information from Billings Gazette --

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