NTSB News Conference On Lubbock Plane Crash - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/30/09

NTSB News Conference On Lubbock Plane Crash

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Friday morning, the National Transportation Safety Board answered some questions about Tuesday's Fed-Ex plane crash.

The cargo plane crashed early that morning with two pilots inside. Both walked away from the accident without serious injuries. Investigators are still trying to piece everything together. They'll move the plane to a facility in Lancaster this weekend. The National Transportation Safety Board says they're still in the very preliminary stages of this investigation that they predict will last 12 to 15 months.

The NTSB sent the plane's cock-pit recorder and flight data recorder to Washington D.C. where they are downloading the information from those devices. They have not determined the cause of the crash, but are looking into the role weather may have played. About 20 investigators are still in Lubbock working to get some answers. 

Leah Yeager, Air Safety Investigator, says, "We are continuing out on scene examination. We have a team out there today (Friday). The cargo has been removed, and we will be going through documentation of the entire aircraft, as well as mapping the entire site. We're also in the process of reviewing air traffic control audio communications, radar data. We're going to be interviewing witnesses and airport personnel over the next several days."

Some of the packages the plane carried were damaged by fire. A representative from FedEx tells us they started the process of trying to deliver any packages that were salvageable. FedEx tells us they've tried to contact everyone who had a package on board. They provide limited liability on all packages up to $100.

If you have any questions about a package on the plane, contact FedEx at 1-800-GO-FED-EX.

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