Investigators hope they'll find the answers they're looking for among the wreckage of Monday's fatal plane crash.
The plane went down near the Levelland Airport just after 6:30 p.m. Monday night. Flight instructor 64-year-old Dennis Michaels of Lubbock and student 24-year-old Anad Paul Quadros from India were killed. Investigators are still trying to determine who was piloting the plane.
Residents in homes neighboring the crash site were the first to see the wreckage. "Like two things just hit each other. We heard it real clear from inside the house," Steve Compos said. Compos says he's lived next to the Levelland Airport for 20years. "In reality, this is the first time we have witnessed this," Compos said. The plane landed only yards away from his back fence.
Crews picked up the pieces of the crashed plane using a forklift. They placed the wreckage on a trailer and hauled it to a hanger at Levelland Airport. "The NTSB is here in accident capacity. We're not here to point fingers and place blame. We're here to prevent the next accident," NTSB Air Service Investigator Craig Hatch said.
The NTSB preliminary report should be completed in about five days. Investigators describing the crash say the plane could have stalled, though nothing official has been determined.
Compos has a simpler explanation for what happened. "I guess when it's your time to go, it's time to go," Compos said.
Investigators will return to the scene Wednesday morning. A final report from the National Transportation Safety Board should be complete in the next three to six months.
Authorities Investigate Fatal Levelland Plane Crash