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Investigators look into deadly plane crash

Published On: Jun 24 2013 03:51:56 PM CDT

Police said the aircraft may have been experiencing mechanical difficulties.


The National Transportation Safety Board has begun its investigation of Saturday's private plane crash near the Idaho Falls Regional Airport.

Two people died in the crash: Mark J. Schell, 64, of Idaho Falls, and Brian W. Hymas, 43, of Rexburg. A 13-year-old boy survived but was hospitalized.

Andrew Swick, the investigator in charge, said the federal investigation will begin with a review of wind and weather conditions at the time of the crash and the pilot's background. Along with a review of mechanical systems, those will be used to help identify a probable cause.

Swick said some witnesses heard the plane sputtering after departure from the airport.

The wreckage has been laid out inside a hangar.

The investigation will take six to eight months. After the investigation is complete, the NTSB will determine the probable cause.