Federal investigators traveled to Arkansas on Thursday to ascertain the reason for a small plane crash that claimed the lives of five employees of an environmental consulting firm.
According to agency spokesperson Jennifer Gabris in an email, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board intended to start work on documenting the crash location and looking through the plane’s debris.
According to Gabris, a preliminary report on their results should be made public in around two weeks.
After takeoff from the William and Hillary Clinton National Airport on Wednesday at about noon, a twin-engine Beech B2000 plane crashed close to an industrial area in Little Rock.
According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, the five passengers aboard the jet were dead. The destination of the flight was Columbus, Ohio.
The five fatalities, including the pilot, were all workers responding to the site of an Ohio metals plant where an explosion this week killed one worker and sent more than a dozen to the hospital, according to Little Rock-based environmental consulting firm CTEH.
The collision happened as thunderstorms passed over the Little Rock region, according to the National Weather Service, with wind gusts of up to 40 mph (64 kph).
According to the NTSB, its investigators will investigate whether the weather and other circumstances contributed to the incident.