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Report says plane broke up in the air

May 2, 2012 - Staff and wire reports

A private airplane originally bound for Riverton broke apart in flight before crashing near Green River last month, killing the pilot.

Federal investigators said they don't know why the twin-engine Cessna 3200 malfunctioned. Pilot Buster High of Winnemucca, Nev., was the only occupant, and there were no witnesses to the crash.

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report on the incident says the wreckage from the April 12 crash was found about 22 miles southwest of Green River. Authorities say High took off from Sidney, Neb., en route to Riverton, where he had family. A relative told authorities he apparently changed his mind while flying and headed toward Nevada instead.

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