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NTSB: Plane that crashed in Arizona was flying low

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Daulton Rey Whatcott, 19, and brother Jaxon McKee Whatcott, 16 Daulton Rey Whatcott, 19, and brother Jaxon McKee Whatcott, 16
Daulton Rey Whatcott Daulton Rey Whatcott
Daulton Rey Whatcott Daulton Rey Whatcott
LITTLEFIELD, AZ (CBS5/AP) -

A federal investigator says the pilot of a small plane that crashed in far northwestern Arizona was flying well below what's allowed by regulation.

Newly licensed pilot, 19-year-old Daulton Whatcott, and 16-year-old Jaxon Whatcott, were headed to a basketball tournament in Nevada when the single-engine Cessna crashed near the Arizona-Utah border on July 20. The brothers from Clinton, UT, died.

The 1969 Cessna 172k fixed-wing single engine went down about 150 feet south of Interstate 15 in Littlefield.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Larry Lewis said Thursday that motorists on Interstate 15 saw the plane hit a canyon wall, about 100 feet above the elevation of the road. Lewis says the plane should have been flying at a minimum 500 feet.

Preliminary information indicates the plane rounded a corner and turned upside down before striking the canyon wall and sparking a small fire.

A full report isn't expected for months.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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