NTSB: Arkansas pilot killed in Oklahoma plane crash did not plan for weather, flew into rain


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TALIHINA, Oklahoma — The National Transportation Board says an Arkansas pilot killed in an Oklahoma plane crash did not obtain a weather briefing before his flight and that he flew into an area of known rain.

The crash near Talihina killed 71-year-old pilot Ray Broadbent of Heber Springs, Arkansas, The wreckage was found Oct. 24, 2013, in a heavily wooded area after Broadbent's family notified authorities that he never reached his destination.

Broadbent had left Searcy, Arkansas, on Oct. 21 on a flight to Elk City, Oklahoma.

The NTSB report released Wednesday says the probable cause of the crash was the pilot's lack of weather planning and his continued flight into moderate to heavy rain that led to reduced visibility which resulted in his failure to maintain clearance above trees in the area.

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