NTSB actively recovering evidence from Akron jet crash scene

NTSB actively recovering evidence from Akron jet crash scene

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AKRON, Ohio (WYTV) – Investigators continued to comb through wreckage Thursday of a crashed business jet in Akron.

Many details about the crash are still unknown, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it could be weeks before a cause is determined. Plane parts are still being taken from the crash area, and the neighborhood remains roped off. Investigators are expected to be in the area for several days.

The NTSB released video yesterday of the crash site and images of investigators on the scene. They said each and every piece of the plane will be examined along with maintenance records, flight plans, and training of the crew.

As the first large pieces of fuselage from the crash were hauled away, the phones were still quiet at Professional Grinding, a small, three-man tool and die business in Akron. They have been quiet since Tuesday, when that private jet slammed into the ground just up the road.

“Things have been pretty show around here due to the fact everything’s been shut down around here, so we’re about, we’ve gone about a day without seeing any customers,” said employee Chris Bobrowicz.

Bobrowicz at work that day with a co-worker when that chartered Hawker-125 crashed. He said he hears aircraft overhead all the time, but that day, he knew something was wrong.

“It just keep droning and droning, and finally, I looked at him and he looked at me. When we were walking toward the front door, and we just hit the deck in two different directions,” he said.

American Red Cross units are stationed on Mogadore Road for emergency crews who have been working through the night to secure debris.

In addition to providing food and drinks to the various investigators and safety forces at the site, the Red Cross has also found places to stay for the 15 people forced out of their apartments by the crash and fire.

“Now, what we’re doing is waiting on whatever needs they have. We’re referring them to whatever agencies that can help them with their needs,” said Jim McIntyre, communications director for the northeast Ohio region’s Red Cross.

While McIntyre says it is not known when neighbors will be able to return, Bobrowicz said he is using the down time to catch up on other jobs, admitting this week’s crash brings home the notion there are no guarantees for the future.

“It really does make you think about mortality and how precious things are, absolutely,” he said.

The private jet crashed into an apartment about 3 p.m. Tuesday on its approach to Akron Fulton International Airport. No one on the ground was injured. All nine passengers and crew on the private jet from Boca Raton, Florida were killed.

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