H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Jun 25, 2013 7:46 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

NTSB investigating deadly plane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board is on the scene of a deadly plane crash in San Luis Obispo from yesterday.

It happened around 1:15 Monday afternoon.

A 337 Skymaster Cessna took off from San Luis Obispo airport heading to San Jose.

Witnesses say the aircraft quickly lost altitude and scraped a building, then slammed into an unoccupied Fed Ex truck parked in front of the building.

The pilot was the only person killed, no other injuries were reported. A cleanup effort is underway at the Promega Biosciences building.

It's expected to be a long and extensive investigation that will take several months to determine an exact cause of the deadly crash.

However, the NTSB will release a report of its preliminary findings within ten days.

"It could have been so much worse so much worse," said a worker from a local business surveying the damage.

Those working near yesterday's plane crash couldn't help but get a glance at the tragic remains.

And the National Transportation Safety Board didn't waist anytime either to begin their investigation.

"As an investigator I just gather the facts surrounding the accident, we look at the man the machine and the environment," said NTSB investigator Eliott Simpson.

Investigator Eliot Simpson says time is crucial with investigations of this magnitude.

"Because as the wreckage starts to get moved and recovered items get disturbed," said Simpson.

With every flash of his camera, he's attempting to piece together exactly what happened.

And every detail can answer one of the many lingering questions.

"We have a manufacturer from Cessna that is here today, and tomorrow when we recover the airplane we'll have a manufacturer from the engine company," said Simpson.

"NTSB has brought in cleanup crews to transport the charred wreckage to Los Angeles for further analyses," said Simpson, "We essentially lay the airplane out on the ground and go through each system one by one."

Crews had their hands full, sorting through wreckage both on the ground and on top of the building where they recovered part of the plane's wing.

According to NTSB officials, they investigate between 1400 and 2000 aviation accidents throughout the country every year.

 

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