Report shows pilot, passenger removed ice, snow prior to fatal crash

WASHINGTON, D.C. ( —  The pilot and a passenger worked for three hours to remove ice and snow from the private plane that crashed near Chamberlain killing nine people November 30.

That’s from the preliminary report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board:

The report also says that witnesses told investigators that snow limited visibility before takeoff.

A prominent family from Cedar Falls, Idaho was heading back home from a pheasant hunting trip in South Dakota, when their plane crashed just minutes after takeoff.