Plane didn't radio trouble before fatal crash in Laughlin

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A pilot didn't radio a distress call before the fiery crash of a single-engine airplane that killed one person and injured three others bound from Laughlin to the Phoenix area.

That's according to a preliminary report Monday by a National Transportation Safety Board investigator.

NTSB spokesman Nicholas Worrell says the four-seat Rockwell Commander 114 crashed and burned about 6 p.m. Sunday on Needles Highway -- minutes after takeoff and less than 5 miles southwest of Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport.

A Clark County fire official says one person died in the crash.  He was identified as 72-year-old James Walker of Avondale, Arizona.  Three others were hospitalized and later passed away.  The Coroner identified them as 58-year-old Diana Soto of Goodyear and 64-year-old Evelina Walker of Avondale.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says the aircraft had been bound for Phoenix Goodyear Airport.

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