NTSB: Plane hit power line before crash south of Norfolk last month

NORFOLK (AP) - A preliminary federal report says a small plane hit and severed a power line before crashing south of Norfolk and killing two people aboard last month.  The National Transportation Safety Board says the plane flown by 26-year-old Dale Butler, of Omaha, was airborne just two minutes before it struck the line on April 27. Witnesses had reported that the plane hit a line, and investigators found the severed line about a quarter mile from the crash site. It had been strung about 20 feet high. The plane crashed about two miles southeast of Norfolk. Also killed was Butler's passenger, 23-year-old Amy Brobst, of Fort Collins, Colo. The Piper PA-28 plane was registered to the Pro-Flite Inc. flight training school based in Omaha. FAA records say the single-engine aircraft was built in 1967.

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