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NTSB: Amateur-built airplane began to break up before crash near Kingman

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Posted at 7:58 AM, Mar 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-18 10:58:34-04

KINGMAN, AZ — A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report released Thursday says a Nevada man’s experimental small plane crashed in northwestern Arizona after beginning to break up in midair.

Mohave County Sheriff’s officials said previously that 73-year-old Richard Dennis Moynihan of Boulder City was the only person aboard the single-engine plane when it crash Feb. 19 northwest of Kingman.

According to the NTSB preliminary report, the amateur-built Vans RV-7A had “an in-flight breakup” while making a rapid descending turn and then spiraled nose-down into the ground.

The preliminary report said several pieces fell from the airplane as it descended to the ground.