NTSB: 3 Skydivers Safely Jumped Before Texas Plane Crash

Federal investigators say three people safely parachuted from a skydiving school aircraft before the single-engine plane crashed in Texas, killing the pilot.

The National Transportation Safety Board says a preliminary investigative report on Sunday's crash should be available later this month.

NTSB spokesman Tim Sorensen said Wednesday that authorities plan to interview the skydivers.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says pilot Christopher Lyons, of Lexington, died in the crash. DPS says the Cessna 182-A operated by Austin Skydiving Center in Lexington stalled before going down.

The crash happened on private property near an airfield in Lexington, about 45 miles east of Austin.

A message for comment left with Austin Skydiving Center wasn't immediately returned Thursday.

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