DEMOPOLIS, AL (WSFA) - The National Transportation Safety Board says the wreckage of a twin-engine Cessna airplane on which a family of seven died over the weekend has been removed from the site.
NTSB officials pulled the mangled and charred plane from the dense wooded area outside Demopolis in Marengo County Tuesday and shipped it to a recovery center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Investigators have completed their ground investigation and are now focusing on the pilot's background. The plane was owned and piloted by Fred Teutenberg, 42, who perished with his wife and 5 children in the crash Saturday night.
Teutenberg reported engine trouble at 18,000 feet. He'd told his father in recent days that the plane, built in 1978, had two new engines.
Teutenberg and his family were flying back to their home in Destin, Florida from a family reunion in Missouri when the crash took place. The wreckage was found 2 miles from the Demopolis Regional Airport.
Federal investigators say getting answers as to why the plane crashed could take anywhere from 6 months to a year to determine.
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