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NTSB releases report about fatal plane crash in Dubuque

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The National Safety Transportation Board releasing a report about the plane crash that claimed the life of a well known Dubuque man, 59-year-old Doug Butzier.

He was a Dubuque physician and a third-party U.S. Senate candidate for an election less than a month away.

The report details facts and conditions related the crash which happened in October of 2014.

The first to respond was the key west fire department. Basically debris scattered everywhere, and it was pretty evident from the political signs who that were scattered all over the yard, who it was right away," said Brian Arnold, chief of the Key West Fire Department.

The 10-page report says there was light rain and strong winds that night, therefore, Butzier used instruments during his approach at Dubuque Regional Airport.

Witnesses say he missed approach and went back into the clouds. soon after, the plane went down.

The crash happened just steps away from homes. Witnesses say they heard a loud noise.

The report says some of the plane was charred by fire.  "There was some fuel burning when we got there, and it wasn't a fierce fire at that point, most of the fuel had burnt off when we got to the scene but, uh there was fire that we needed to take care of," added Arnold.

The report also mentions Butzier's autopsy results. He died from blunt force trauma and thermal injuries from the accident.

The NTSB says they're not done with the investigation yet. There's still more analysis to do before the final report is released.

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