Crews remove wreckage of fatal plane crash near Mobile Airport


What’s left of the Cessna aircraft killing Dr. David Mauritson, and Phil Dryden Monday, was finally pulled out of the woods early this Thursday afternoon.

The twisted wreckage is hardly recognizable as a 2006 fixed wing Cessna 182.  The crumpled plane — a tail, parts of the main cabin and the engine were all hoisted onto a flatbed truck.  Investigators weren’t offering any new information today, but Eric Alleyne with the NTSB revealed yesterday the details of what happened right before the crash.

“The aircraft was on approach to runway 15, and at some point he decided to go missed, and during that missed approach is when the accident happen,” said Alleyne.

The wreck happened on what was a foggy Monday night.  And what made recovering it difficult is, where it crashed, just about 2 miles west of the airport.

“And like I said it’s in a swampy area, and the terrain is pretty rough,” said Alleyne.

It was evident from the mud stains on crews entering and leaving the site that it took hard work to get it out, and it also took heavy machinery to extract the parts.

The plane will be examined for any clues it might provide to the investigation.  Also, in question will be the weather conditions at the time and possibly pilot error.

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