New details emerge on the Big Spring man that got killed in New Mexico plane crash

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FARMINGTON, NM. (KOSA) -- Update 9:30 p.m. More details have emerged on the crash.

A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report is out on the crash that killed 59-year-old Marvin Monroe Casey.

The Cirrus SR-22 crashed on terrain near Farmington, New Mexico on Mar. 31.

The NTSB said "a storm had passed through prior to the crash" and that "the ground was wet."

Casey was returning from Lake Powell, Utah.

His family said he had flown the route at least a dozen times before and that he was familiar with the terrain.

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A plane that crashed in northeast New Mexico left one West Texas man dead on Sunday.

New Mexico State Police said 59-year-old Marvin Monroe Casey of Big Spring was pronounced dead on the scene.

“You couldn’t ask for a better man than Marvin. He would give you the shirt off his back. Just an awesome guy," said Danny Eagle, a long-time friend of Casey's. "I have a sour stomach. I just can’t believe it. When I heard it- I’m in awe.”

The Federal Aviation Association told us a Cirrus SR-22 was reported missing by Denver Air Traffic Control around 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

State police said the call came in about the downed aircraft around 4:15 p.m.

Federal Aviation Association said it's last known position was about 50 miles south of Farmington.

FAA spokesperson Lynn Lundsford said the plane was en route to Big Spring.

On Monday, Casey's two stores, Casey's Aircooled Engine LLC and Casey's Campers, were closed. Instead, purple memorial wreaths were left behind.

A friend of Marvin said his memory will stay alive in the community of Big Spring.

"Everybody in town knew Marvin. Funny. Always cracking jokes. You couldn't ask for a better man," Eagle said.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

According to the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation.

“I’m just so heartbroken. I can’t believe it," Eagle said.

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National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a downed aircraft in northwest New Mexico.

According the FAA, the airplane was en route to Big Spring when it crashed.

The pilot, 59-year-old Marvin Monroe Casey, died in the crash according to New Mexico State Police.

The plane's tail number is registered to Casey's Aircooled Engine LLC in Big Spring.

The Federal Aviation Association told us a Cirrus SR-22 was reported missing by Denver Air Traffic Control around 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

State police said the call came in about the downed aircraft around 4:15 p.m.

Federal Aviation Association said it's last known position was about 50 miles south of Farmington.