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NTSB: No specific cause behind fatal Mississippi plane crash

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A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board into a small plane crash that killed four people does not point to a specific cause for the crash and says the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit shortly after taking off.

The NTSB's preliminary report on the May 16 crash did not say if an exhaust pipe that fell off the plane contributed to the crash.

The report say however an examination of the engine "did not reveal any other preexisting mechanical anomalies" with the plane.

All four people onboard were killed when the Beechcraft Bonanza went down in a wooded area about a half-mile north of the Tupelo Regional Airport runway.

Please note: Photo used in story is of a similar plane involved in the crash.

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