The plane did not have a flight data recorder nor cockpit voice recorder onboard, but NTSB and Federal Aviation Administration investigators will be analyzing the pilot’s information, the plane, air traffic control recordings as well as home security camera video that captured the crash to determine the cause, Folkerts said.
“Our goal is to try to prevent the next accident, so we try to keep as broad a perspective as we can,” Folkerts said.
The pilots did not transmit a distress call to air traffic control before the crash, but Folkerts said investigators are reviewing some communications that indicated a problem with the flight.
St. Charles County police Chief Kurt Frisz said the hilly, rural terrain complicated the job of first responders at the scene, including the St. Charles County police and ambulance district, the Missouri Highway Patrol and the fire protection districts in New Melle, Cottleville, Wentzville, Augusta and Wright City.
“We needed citizen reports of where the explosion was heard,” Frisz said, adding that the rainy weather, lack of obvious fire and the rural area meant it took a couple hours to find the scene.
The wreckage was spread over about 300 yards of where the aircraft was believed to have made impact, authorities have said.
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