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Updated report released on plane crash

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- The National Transportation Safety Board has released an updated report aboutthe airplane crash that killed all four people on board in January of 2013 in Richwood.Dean Hart Sr., of West Monroe, Max Larche, of Bastrop, and Don Thompson, of Monroe,were all killed along with the pilot, Mason Mauldin, of little rock.

The report shows the pilotwas flying the plane illegally because he allowed his medical certification tolapse. The report also shows it appears nothing was wrong with the airplane.

"To fly commercialyou have to have a class two medical. Class one is more for the airlines, twois to fly commercially for charter or for hire and class three is for theeveryday pilot that flies for recreation or personal use," Paul Karlowitz,with ULM's aviation department said.

The report shows MasonMauldin's class two-certification had expired in 2008. Mauldin was employedwith Central Flying out of Little Rock.

Karlowitz said the renewalprocess is fairly easy.    

"It took 45 minutes. Itis a very streamline process. It's cut and dry. It's fairly simple,"Karlowitz said.  

This is only an updated report and it isunclear when a final one will be released. 

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