CHEYENNE, Wyoming (Wyoming News Now) – Three minutes. This is the time that elapses between takeoff and a fatal accident.
According to flight records, the pilot took off from Cheyenne Regional Airport at 7:44 a.m. on Memorial Day. The flight ended three minutes later at 7:47 a.m. when the plane crashed into the Cheyenne Storage facility.
Jason Aguilera, senior aviation safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board was at the scene today.
“What we’re looking at right now is just how it actually hit the storage facility behind us, the angle it came in and then the resulting damage. So we did a documentation yesterday, we’re finishing today, and the wreckage is being transported to a secure facility where we’ll be doing follow-up work on the engine and propeller,” he said when told asked what the NTSB was doing on the site.
The pilot was flying what authorities called an experimental aircraft. These planes are not made by big companies, but rather by amateurs. Aircraft are still FAA certified.
Investigators will examine the pilot, plane, weather and more to try to determine the cause of the crash.
A preliminary report should be published 15 days after the accident.
Investigations involving deaths can take 12 to 24 months.
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