National Transportation Safety Board at 'fact gathering' phase of Saturday's fatal plane crash
The National Transportation Safety Board is at the early stages of an investigation into Saturday's fatal plane crash in Golden Gate.
Investigators moved the aircraft from the crash location, at the 4900 block of Hawthorn Woods Way, to a more secure area on Monday. They will examine how the plane came down, NTSB spokesman Terry Williams said.
The NTSB does not give out specific information about where planes are taken for examinations.
Bill Gaston Sr., 71, died piloting a 1964 Piper Twin Comanche from Key West. He was on his way to the Naples Airport when the airplane crashed near a home just 5 miles from the airport.
Investigators will examine the nose, tail and wings of the pane, as well as the area where the plane crashed to determine what caused the plane to come down.
“Right now, we are at what we call the ‘fact-gathering’ phase of the investigation,” Williams said.
It is too soon to determine if the crash was caused by human or mechanical error but a report with preliminary data will be available seven to 10 days from the crash, Williams said.
The plane was following the planned flight path until the final runway approach, according to flight-tracking website flightaware.com.
Bill Gaston Jr., the victim’s son, suspects his father may have had a medical emergency.
He said on Sunday that his father has been a pilot since he was 16 and the twin-engine plane he was flying passed a yearly inspection.