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NTSB: Plane crashed on its way to Duplin airport


JACKSONVILLE, NC (WCTI) -- A preliminary report released on Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board sheds new light into the final minutes of a plane crash that killed a Marine Major.

The NTSB report said the plane flown by Maj. Luke Parker, 37, crashed on its way to approach to Duplin County Airport (DPL) in Kenansville. Friends of the pilot told NewsChannel 12 when the crash happened that Parker would stop at this airport to get fuel. Parker was headed to a funeral in Michigan when the crash occured November 17th.

The report also stated Parker accessed his plane at Albert J. Ellis (OAJ) Aiport just before 5:30 a.m. on the 17th; the crash happened approximately 30 minutes after that time. At the time of his departure, a lineman at OAJ said there was heavy fog; at the time of the crash, DPL's automated weather observation station reported calm winds and 1/2 mile visibility due to fog.

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