NTSB: Poor condition of wreckage will slow probe into Louisiana plane crash
(AP) — Federal investigators are just beginning to probe for clues as to why a small, twin-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Louisiana, killing five people.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators said Sunday that no distress calls were made and that much of the aircraft was consumed by fire in the crash after the plane departed Saturday from Lafayette.
NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg said investigators would examine the aircraft’s maintenance record and seek evidence from the badly charred debris.
But authorities said the lack of a distress call and a flight data recorder will make finding the cause extremely challenging.