Local experts on Brunswick plane crash

Search and rescue crews will return to the marshes off of Brunswick tomorrow morning. They have found the wreckage of a plane but aren’t sure if it’s the one that vanished from radar last night. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. Tonight, we spoke to a retired pilot and airline expert about where the investigation goes now. Channel 4′s Ashley Harding joining us live from Brunswick … Ashley? 3 0-521-2623:44–23:46 “it’ll be very hard to say. It was quick whatever happened.” TRACK Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board are trying to figure out exactly what happened to the small Piper PA-44 Seminole aircraft that reportedly went down in a marshy area of Brunswick. Officials have confirmed rescue teams have found A plane, but they won’t know if this is THE plane for a while.5042 We will transport the aircraft to a secure facility near Atlanta, Georgia where it will be held for further investigation as we need TRACK At a news conference earlier in the day, NTSB officials confirmed no distress call went out before the plane crashed. We spoke on the phone with Capt. Wayne Ziskal, a retired pilot and aeronautical professor at Jacksonville University. He says no distress call in a situation like this is unusual. 25:26–25:47 “It’s funny you should ask this because people are talking about the Malaysia Triple 7 and they’re saying, why wasn’t there a distress call? That is actually more normal because of where they were and the fact that they were not in VHF or line of sight contact.It’s more unusual to not have a distress call from this airplane which was in constant contact with Jacksonville Air Traffic control.” TRACK Officials say so far, crews have only been able to pull out small pieces of wreckage…and they’ll have to wait for daylight to use special equipment to further recovery.Capt. Ziskal knows from personal experience the challenges that come with flying over the marsh. 28:04–28:16 “This is just, it’s a marshy area. It’s almost like everglades by the coast. That’s what it is. I’ve sailed that area, I’ve gone through that area, I’ve seen it from the air. It’s a tough area to think about finding an airplane.” “Capt. Ziskal says the NTSB has a long investigation ahead of them. They’ll look at weather, the condition of the airplane, maintenance records, as well as pilot records. Many questions will need to be answered.” 31:17– “For example, this was a school airplane. So, was an instructor aboard and if so, what kind of instruction is the normal profile for this flight? Did they shut an engine down or practice single engine work? That obviously is a potential factor there, too.” 3 Ashley, we’ve been reporting that the plane is believed to be owned by the Airline Transport Pilot school, have we heard anything about them since this accident? Answer: Rob, channel 4 spoke with a former student of the school today. He had only good things to say about the school, saying it was very reputable and he was saddened that this happened.