2 males killed in Keene, NH aircraft crash have been pilots, NTSB says

The two men killed in Friday’s Keene plane crash were classified as pilots, the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday classified as pilot. >> Video: NTSB briefing NTSB investigators spent most of Sunday at the crash site, meticulously attempting to comb the debris for clues as to the cause of the plane crash, even using the Keene Fire Department’s ladder truck to help repair the crash examine charred remains of the building and crash site. “We were able to physically locate and remove part of the aircraft structure from the building,” said NTSB investigators Tim Monville, who is reconstructing as part of the investigation, but that may not provide enough information. “The cockpit cabin and both wings were nearly consumed by the fire,” Monville said. Keene Mayor George Hansel said Saturday the plane crashed shortly after taking off from Dillant-Hopkins Airport. The plane struck an apartment building at 661 Main St. at 6:48 p.m., starting a fire. The eight people living in the building were not injured, but the two people on the plane were killed. >> Read: Building owner responds Officials said the fire with three alarms was extinguished at 8:47pm. The plane struck a garage attached to the building, Fire Chief Donald Farquhar said. The plane belongs to Monadnock Aviation, Hansel said. “The fact that it hit a building where eight people lived and none of those people were hurt is an important detail and we’re very lucky,” said Hansel. >> Video: Officials provide update Airport Director David Hinkling said the plane crashed about a furlong from the end of the runway. Investigators are still conducting interviews with witnesses, airport officials and maintenance personnel. “We are in the process of reviewing the aircraft’s maintenance records and interviews with maintenance personnel are scheduled for tomorrow,” Monville said. Some of the biggest clues may come from surveillance video from two different locations near the crash site, he said. >> Video: Aerial View of the Plane CrashMichael Robinson is the construction supervisor of the Hope Chapel, which is adjacent to the apartment building. “It’s a bit annoying because this is the direct route to the airport, so there are planes flying by all the time and we don’t think much of it because we’re so used to it,” said Robinson. He said to one of his friends who lived there The apartment has lost everything. >> Read: Church Youth Group ‘Shaken’ The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the crash, which is expected to take several months, with the ultimate cause of the crash not scheduled to be released until next year.

The two men killed in the Keene plane crash on Friday were pilots, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Sunday.

The NTSB held a media briefing Sunday afternoon and announced that the two people killed in the crash were men and both were pilots.

>> Videos: NTSB briefing

NTSB investigators spent most of Sunday at the crash site, meticulously attempting to comb through the debris for clues to the cause of the crash, even using the Keene Fire Department’s ladder truck to examine the charred remains of the building and crash site.

“We were able to physically locate and remove a portion of the aircraft structure from the building,” NTSB investigator Tim Monville said.

What remains of the small plane is being stored at a local facility and being reconstructed as part of the investigation, but that may not provide enough information.

“The cockpit cabin and both wings were nearly consumed by the fire,” Monville said.

Keene Mayor George Hansel said Saturday the plane crashed shortly after taking off from Dillant-Hopkins Airport.

The plane struck an apartment building at 661 Main St. at 6:48 p.m., which started a fire. The eight people living in the building were not injured, but the two people on the plane were killed.

>> Read: Builder responds

Officials said the fire was extinguished at 8:47 p.m. with three alarms. The plane hit a garage attached to the building.

“So the point of impact was a bit distant from the main part of the house,” said Keene Fire Chief Donald Farquhar.

The plane belongs to Monadnock Aviation, Hansel said.

“The fact that it hit a building where eight people lived and none of those people were injured is an important detail and we’re very lucky,” Hansel said.

>> Videos: Officials give update

Airport director David Hinkling said the plane crashed about a furlong from the end of the runway.

Investigators are still conducting interviews with witnesses, airport officials and maintenance personnel.

“We are in the process of reviewing the aircraft’s maintenance records and interviews with maintenance personnel are scheduled for tomorrow,” Monville said.

Some of the biggest clues may come from surveillance video from two different locations near the crash site.

“We have video from two different sources depicting the final portion of the flight and the bearing impact and resulting fireball,” Monville said.

>> Videos: Aerial video of plane crash

Michael Robinson is the Building Director of Hope Chapel, which is adjacent to the apartment building.

“It’s a bit annoying because this is the direct route to the airport, so there are planes flying by all the time and we don’t think much of it because we’re so used to it,” said Robinson.

He said one of his friends who lived in the apartment lost everything.

“His vehicles – he’s a contractor so he lost all his tools that were in the thing. He was hit pretty hard,” said Robinson.

Hope Chapel’s Sunday service has been canceled to allow investigators to continue working in their parking lot.

>> Read: Church youth group “shaken up”

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the crash, which is expected to last several months, with the ultimate cause of the crash not expected to be announced until next year.

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