Investigators begin sifting through the charred wreckage of a plane crash that killed a South Plains father and daughter Thursday.
Timothy Vaughn of Shallowater, his 8-year-old daughter and their family dog were killed when they crashed in a cotton field about 7 miles east of Abernathy Thursday night.
The National Transportation Security Board was on scene for five hours Friday afternoon looking for evidence to send back to Washington D.C. to determine a cause for the crash.
At about 3pm, the NTSB removed the engine for examination. The rest of the plane will be collected by family members Saturday.
So far, the NTSB can tell us they believe the fire in the cock pit happened after the plane crashed. They also tell us they believe the pilot took off at 5:50pm Thursday night and crashed 20 minutes later. They will be investigating things like weather, equipment, and the engine.
The role and function of the NTSB is to create some sort of recommendation or pass information forward to the other people... maybe if we could learn something, somebody doesn't go through and experience the same thing," said NTSB Safety Investigator Frank McGill.
The first investigation report will be available next week.
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