Cherokee Co. plane crash probe could last 6 months

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - NTSB investigators expect to wrap up the on-site investigation of the Cherokee County plane crash Wednesday but the full investigation could take up to six months.

They are trying to piece together what caused a Cessna 421 to crash in a wooded area near Wells Monday night, killing the pilot.

Senior aircraft investigator, John Brannen says specialists will be looking into the any weather aspects that might have played a role in the crash and what radar data and any communications the pilot may have had with traffic control.

"The first phase of investigation always focuses mainly around examination of the wreckage and seeing if we can determine structurally if the airplane remained intact and if the systems were working correctly," Brannen said.

After investigators are finished at the crash site, the wreckage will be moved to a salvage company in Dallas until the full investigation is complete.

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