Federal investigators gather clues in fatal plane crash

Federal investigators gather clues in fatal plane crash

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TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)–Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were gathering clues Thursday to find out why a small plane crashed in Tupelo.

The accident on Wednesday killed 69-year-old pilot David Duncan.

NTSB officials were on the scene of the crash Thursday on North Coley Road to conduct a preliminary investigation.

“The main reason for this is to find out if there are any safety concerns or any safety issues that need to be addressed”, said NTSB investigator Jose Oberegon.

Local authorities told WTVA Duncan had departed the airport just before crashing into a tree in the yard of a nearby home.

Federal investigators say preliminary findings could be posted on the NTSB website in five to seven days.

The full investigation could take as long as a year and a half to complete.

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