National Transportation Safety Board investigates plane crash


Investigators are still piecing together on what caused a plane to crash and killing four people.

The runway is open at East Georgia Regional Airport, but it’s a little quieter than usual.

Employees are still trying to recover after a plane crash killed four people at the facility.  

Coroner Walter Pebbles says National Transportation Safety Board has cleaned up the scene but is still investigating.

NTSB is looking into what caused a small plane to crash.

“They were moved to an offsite morgue for transportation to the Savannah crime lab this morning,” explained Peebles. “Where the examination and the identification process of three out of the four individuals will be conducted.”

Four victims have been named in the crash. Justin Duff, 42, of Statesboro, Aliaksandr Bahrytsevich, 31, of Reaford, NC, Andrew Swenson, 23, of South Daytona Beach, FL, and Chris Eldridge of Rincon GA. 

One survivor, William Middlebrooks, is being treated at Augusta University Medical Center and is listed in Fair Condition.

Peebles says the incident has shaken up the community.

“Some bystanders heard a sputtering noise of the engines, and notice that the plane had made a bank toward the airport in an attempt to make the runway when they made short of it,” said Peebles.

A spokesperson for the NTSB told NewsChannel 6 reporter Devin Johnson, they are conducting a three-part investigation; human, machine, environment. 

Investigators will take an in-depth look at each of these factors to determine why a Statesboro based plane came crashing down.

The goal now for the Emanuel County Coroner is to make sure loved ones receive their family members remains quickly.

“All families of the individuals have been notified, and are aware of the course we are taking know as far of the examination,” explained Peebles. “By the end of today or tomorrow, they can be returned.”

The NTSB is working on the report which should be completed in seven to 10 days. Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 for more information when we get it. 

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