CLIMAX, GA (WALB) - Federal investigators are now on the ground in Decatur county leading the investigation into yesterday's deadly plane crash.
Bryan Rayner with the National Transportation Safety Board says he's still unable to determine why the plane crashed. He has teamed up with the Federal Aviation Administration, meteorologists and air traffic controllers to figure out what happened.
NTSB Investigator Bryan Rayner said, "The airplane recontacted air traffic control, the preliminary information I have is that they then requested another approach back to the destination."
Rayner says the investigation could take up to a year and the wreckage remains about a half a mile into the woods near Climax. Only investigators are allowed in the area, but Rayner did give some details about what the plane looks like.
"In the airplane there's a significant amount of raw fuel still out there still, not all of it burned but the vast majority of the airplane is disfigured by impact in the fire."
They have confirmed that both people on the plane were found dead. We confirmed they are Lester Hathcox, a former helicopter pilot for WFLA in Tampa and Gene Odom, also from Tampa.