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      No radio contact in Walker County plane crash

      A preliminary federal investigation says the teenage pilot of a small airplane didn't have any radio contact before the aircraft crashed in Alabama on New Year's Day, killing three people. The National Transportation Safety Board report says authorities learned of the crash in Walker County after witnesses called 911.

      The report doesn't say what caused the crash, in which a 17-year-old student pilot and two friends died. But, it supports authorities who say the pilot took the twin-engine Piper airplane on a joyride and crashed.

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