Additional information released on Memorial Day plane crash

Published: May. 31, 2022 at 7:22 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Three minutes. That is the amount of time between take-off, and a deadly crash.

According to flight records, the pilot took off from Cheyenne Regional Airport at 7:44AM on Memorial Day. The flight came to an end three minutes later at 7:47AM when the plane crashed into the Cheyenne Storage facilities.

Jason Aguilera, a Senior Air Safety Investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board was on the scene today.

“What we’re looking at right now is just kind of how it actually hit the storage facility behind us, the angle it went in, and then the damage that was resulted as a part of that. So we did a documentation yesterday, we’re finishing up today. And the wreckage is being removed to a secure facility where we’ll do follow up work on the engine and propeller.” he said when asked what the NTSB was doing at the site.

The pilot was flying what authorities called an experimental aircraft. These planes are not manufactured by major corporations, but instead by amateur. The planes are still certified by the FAA.

Investigators will be looking into the pilot, the plane, weather and more to try to determine a cause for the crash.

A preliminary report is expected to be released 15 days after the accident happened.

Investigations involving fatalities can take 12-24 months to complete.

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