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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board shows a small plane bound for Colorado City, Ariz., broke up in flight before crashing into the mountains 21 miles south of Cedar City.
The Oct. 26 plane crashed killed Benjamin and James Timpson, a pair of brothers from Centennial Park, Ariz., a close-knit religious community not far from the Utah-Arizona border.
Benjamin Timpson was the pilot and co-owner of the Piper PA-28R-200.
The report says outboard portions of both wings separated from the inbound span of the wings, which stayed attached to the plane. Pilot-controlled wing flaps also separated from the plane, the report says.
In the crash, the instrument panel, cockpit and cabin were destroyed in a fire that erupted with the crash.
The NTSB says the plane took off from Bountiful, Utah about 6:15 p.m. and crashed shortly after 8 p.m.
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