NTSB investigation, plane wreckage removal under way
By Scott Buttram
JEFFERSON COUNTY — Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board were on the site of Friday’s airplane crash just off Goodner Mountain Road between Trussville and Clay on Monday to investigate and recover the wreckage.
Pilot Allan Campbell and his wife, Cali, of Florence, Miss., were confirmed dead in the crash. Allan Campbell was an air taxi and charter on demand operator. The couple’s bodies were recovered Sunday.
Senior Air Safety Investigator Tim Monville told Clare Huddleston of FOX6 that recovery of the wreckage could take several days due to the hilly terrain. He said that NTSB investigators were documenting the site as well as the wreckage and would reconstruct the plane to make sure it’s all accounted for.
According to Monville, the pilot, the aircraft and the environment would all be aspects of the investigation. That would include pilot experience, training and any maintenance issues with the plane.
Monville confirmed that vials of blood were found at the wreck site and that Campbell’s company had been contracted to transport them.
Investigators said there was no black box or data recorder on board the airplane. A possibly fragmented GPS receiver will be sent to Washington D.C. for further evaluation.