OWASSO, OK -- The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on a plane crash that killed three people in Owasso earlier this month.
The crash killed pilot Rick Shimer, as well as his two passengers, Lonnie Hardin and Joe Provenzano.
According to the NTSB's report, the single-engine Cessna 177 crashed on approach to Gundy's Airport at about 8 p.m. on July 11th.
The flight had originated at Perry Airport in Goldsby, Oklahoma at about 7 p.m.
According to the report, several witnesses saw the airplane approach the airport from the west. The witnesses say the airplane was making a left turn when it went into a spin and began losing altitude.
The plane hit the ground near the north end of the airfield and the investigator found signs that the airplane was in a left wing, nose-low attitude during the collision.
The investigator says there were no reported emergency or distress calls from the pilot.
The next report from the NTSB on the crash should be a factual report which will have more details about all aspects of the incident and may be finished in a few months. The probable cause report would be the last report the NTSB files on the incident and may take more than a year to complete.
Shimer and Hardin had volunteered at the Oaks Indian Mission for troubled kids in Delaware County.