Pilot gave ‘mayday’ call before fatal crash near Maxwell, Neb.

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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:00 am

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — The pilot of a small plane that crashed near Maxwell, Neb., on Jan. 11 issued a “mayday” call before air traffic controllers lost radio and radar contact with the aircraft.

Three hours later, the plane’s wreckage was found 11 miles northeast of the North Platte Memorial Airport, where the plane had taken off. The crash site was in a remote area north of Maxwell, according to the preliminary accident report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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