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Preliminary Report Released On Plane Crash in Abilene

We're learning more about a deadly plane crash in Abilene that claimed the life of a former Sheppard Air Force Base pilot.

A new report reveals the plane had some type of a problem that forced the pilot, Rick Shafer, to contact the control tower about an emergency. 

Abilene Fire officials said the crash happened around 6:30p.m. on September 1st, 2014.

The 35-year-old pilot was flying his newly built Team Tango FoxTrot Four plane, when it suddenly crashed into trees and brush.

The reports goes into detail about the fate of the pilot and a passenger who also died in the crash.  He was 28-year-old Matthew Schafer, who was the pilot's brother. 

It also sheds light on how the two-year-old passenger was able to survive.  Investigators said the child was wearing a four-point safety harness, which likely saved his life.  A second passenger, the pilot's sister-in-law Victoria Schafer, 31,  was seriously injured.

Since this is just a preliminary report, there is still no definitive answer as to what caused the plane to go down.
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