- Associated Press - Thursday, February 16, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A preliminary report into a plane crash that killed four people says the aircraft made a quick descent and then a gradual one before impact in forest in eastern Arizona.

The National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report uses radar data to describe the Jan. 2 flight but doesn’t state a crash cause. A final report will be released in the future.

The crash killed the pilot, Eric Falbe of Scottsdale, his wife, Carrie, and his two daughters from a previous marriage, 14-year-old Victoria and 12-year-old Skylar.

They were flying to Telluride, Colorado, for a ski trip.

The preliminary report says the plane reached cruising altitude, descended about 1,300 feet in one minute and then continued to gradually descend with some intermittent climbs before hitting a tree and then the ground.

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