ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A North Texas company with more than 30 years in aircraft recovery has begun the task of dismantling the Cessna 421B that crashed Friday in South Angelina County just a few minutes after taking off from the Angelina County Airport bound for Houston.
Federal authorities asked Angelina County for a secure place the plane could be held until a recovery company could collect it.
When the plane went down on Friday, April 17, 2015, there were three people on board. The pilot - Houston restaurateur Ed Campbell Hendee - and two passengers. All were treated initially at CHI St.Luke's Memorial in Lufkin. It's believed Hendee continued care in Houston.
As for the investigation into the crash, Angelina County is not involved.
"We just provided a secure location to store the plane," said Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter.
At the secure location, the retrieval company is taking apart the plane piece by piece. All parts will be loaded onto a trailer and carted to a hangar for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin their thorough probe into the downed plane.
The destination for the wreckage is going to be the Dallas area.
The owner of this aircraft recovery company said when he delivers all the plane parts to that hangar for the NTSB and FAA, his job is done. The company has been in business 30-plus years. They've worked more than 100 plane crashes in Central and West Texas. This is their first wreckage recovery in East Texas.