On November 26, a Broken Arrow man took off from the West Houston Airport headed for the airport in Jenks.
The Pilot, 64-year old John Thomas Steeper, never made it home alive.
The National Transportation and Safety Board issued their preliminary findings.
Witnesses near the accident site reported hearing an explosion and then seeing a fireball falling from the sky.
His twin-engine airplane came to rest in a wooded area near Wells, Texas.
Investigators wrote in the report, “None of the internal engine components exhibited any pre impact anomalies that would have prevented normal engine operation.”
They also discovered nothing wrong with the rest of the plane.
“No pre impact anomalies were noted that would have precluded normal operation.”
Federal investigators say Steeper had been trying to avoid weather near Cherokee County in East Texas when it vanished from radar.
The landing gear was observed in the retracted position.
Wreckage from the plane was scattered and some of the items were never found.
A large portion of the left wing was not located.
The missing portions of the left wing were presumed to have been consumed by fire.
The final report won’t be complete for up to a year.