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NTSB Investigates Redding Plane Crash That Killed Man and Dog

Investigators say it'll be a while before they can say exactly what might have happened.

Posted: Aug 30, 2018 6:41 PM
Updated: Aug 31, 2018 11:14 AM

REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta County Coroner's Office identified the man killed in a plane crash on August 29 in Redding as Richard Joseph Engel, 71, of Shingletown.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) say it will still be a while before they can say what might have happened.

On August 30, in the morning and afternoon, they were on the ground gathering information.

“Well today we're on the on-scene investigation portion where we're looking mainly at the airframe and we're documenting, photographing each of the components,” NTSB Air Safety Investigator Fabian Salazar said. “And then once we're done with that we will have the aircraft relocated to a secure location.”

Salazar says they'll also be looking into other factors that may have contributed to the plane's crash-landing.

He says human performance, as well as maintenance records end even the weather are all points of interest for them.

“We're getting all the facts,” Salazar said. “We're looking at the aircraft wreckage. We're looking at, we call it the four corners, the wings, the tail, the vertical fin, the power plant, the fuel control levers and things of that nature and we're documenting their positions and their condition security. That just helps us build the entire case as we continue with our investigation.”

On the evening of August 30, the aircraft was removed from the scene of the crash.

It'll be transported to an airplane hangar in Arizona where it will be studied in further detail to get a better idea of what happened those moments before it went down.

“There's only so much we can do on the scene since the aircraft was resting at an odd angle,” Salazar said. “And what we'll do is we'll get it into a covered hangar on a concrete floor where we can start getting internal with the aircraft and actually removing components, documenting the removal of said components and taking a closer look at the data points that we find in the aircraft.”

Investigators say they should have a preliminary report in 7 - 10 days, but it will take about a year for the investigation and its findings to be released.

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