There is a lot of mystery because he previously flew over Washington DC and did not respond to questions on the ground.
Federal investigators searched the rugged terrain of the eastern United States Monday for the wreckage of a plane to solve the mystery of why it veered off course and crashed into a mountain in Virginia, killing two and four people.
A day after the plane flew over the nation’s capital, forcing the military to send in fighter jets, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a brief statement that the pilot and three passengers were killed and that the plane was “destroyed” in the crash. . Their identities were not immediately released.
National Transportation Safety Board (Ntsb) investigator Adam Gerhart told reporters that it will take time for investigators to reach the crash site, which is located two miles into the hilly terrain north of Montebello. They expect to be there for at least three or four days.
Attention to the crash and its cause increased due to its unusual flight path over Washington and the sound boom caused by the military aircraft heard in Washington DC and parts of Maryland and Virginia.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement that military aircraft were authorized to travel at high speeds, prompting the sonic boom.
The plane also used sparks to attract the pilot’s attention.
At a news conference Monday morning, Gerhardt said the remains were “very fragmented” and that investigators would examine the most important evidence at the crash site, after which the remains would be flown by helicopter to Delaware. , he said.
Gerhardt said the plane doesn’t necessarily have a flight recorder, but it could have other avionics teams that have data that can be analyzed.
He explained that researchers will examine when the pilot became unresponsive and why the plane followed the path it did.
They will take into account many factors that are typically examined in these types of inspections, such as the aircraft, its engines, weather conditions, pilot qualifications and maintenance records, he said.
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