The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have concluded their examination of the scene of a glider crash in Littlefield that took the lives of two people on Saturday.
They spent much of Sunday afternoon combing through wreckage and will now send samples to a lab in Washington, DC to determine the exact cause of the crash.
"We're going to have a material expert look at the wood structure and see if there were any failure points or fatigue and see how it was put together," said Joshua Lindberg, an Air Safety Investigator for NTSB. "It looks like it's put together with glue and other materials, so we'll analyze that and see how it was made."
Lindberg says it usually takes between 6 and 9 months for the factual findings to be released, but that comes after a long on-scene investigation conducted by workers like him.
"Initially what we do is come out to the accident scene, go over all the preliminary information from witnesses and other folks that may have information for us, then we go to the scene, look at the wreckage, document everything and take pictures," he said.
Terry Reber is one of those eye witnesses. He has lived at the Littlefield airport since 1984 and was friends with the family of Taylor Brown, one of the victims. Terry said Taylor was a gifted child who loved to fly. Reber had tears in his eyes when he talked about him.
He said the glider that Taylor and an older man were in had just unhooked from the plane that was towing it and began taking a thermal draft to gain altitude. That's when a wing snapped and the glider crashed.
A Facebook page set up in Taylor Brown's memory asks everyone who knew him to wear red to school on Monday because it was his favorite color.
Reber says Brown will be missed by everyone who knew him in the Littlefield community.
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