NTSB: Witness saw Louisiana plane level out before crash

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A view of the burnt wreckage of a small plane that crashed into the parking lot of a post office is shown, at left, in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Several people died in the crash. (Scott Clause/The Lafayette Advertiser via AP)

A witness says a plane that crashed in south Louisiana had leveled out its wings before it hit trees and transmission lines and crashed in a fiery heap.

A preliminary investigation issued Tuesday by federal investigators did not give a cause for the Dec. 28 plane crash that killed five people on their way to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board have repeatedly said it will take about a year for that determination to be made.

But the report did shed new light on some aspects of the crash, including what witnesses told investigators.

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