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NTSB looks into cause of fatal Mitchell Co. plane crash

Officials said that it could take 6 moths to a year to finish the investigation into the deadly plane crash in Mitchell County on Monday. (Source: WALB) Officials said that it could take 6 moths to a year to finish the investigation into the deadly plane crash in Mitchell County on Monday. (Source: WALB)
A crowd-funding account has been set-up in honor of the pilot killed in the crash to provide financial support for his family. (Source: YouCaring) A crowd-funding account has been set-up in honor of the pilot killed in the crash to provide financial support for his family. (Source: YouCaring)
The NTSB will be continuing its investigation into what caused Captain Lance McCaw's plane to go down on Mt Zion Road. (Source: WALB) The NTSB will be continuing its investigation into what caused Captain Lance McCaw's plane to go down on Mt Zion Road. (Source: WALB)
After officials wrap up on scene, they'll take the wreckage of the plane to another location for further investigation. (Source: WALB) After officials wrap up on scene, they'll take the wreckage of the plane to another location for further investigation. (Source: WALB)
NTSB Air Safety Investigator Eric Alleyne (Source: WALB) NTSB Air Safety Investigator Eric Alleyne (Source: WALB)
MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) -

Federal officials are working to find out what brought down a cargo metroliner plane in Mitchell County Monday night, leaving the pilot on the plane dead.

The NTSB will be continuing its investigation into what caused Captain Lance McCaw's plane to go down on Mt Zion Road in Mitchell County.

After they wrap up on scene, they'll take the wreckage of the plane to another location for further investigation.

The wreckage of the Key Lime Air flight still remains on Mt Zion Road in Mitchell County as of Tuesday night.

"It was operated by a single individual. Last night at about 10:30, the airplane was lost off radar and crashed here in a field," said NTSB Air Safety Investigator Eric Alleyne.

That single individual was the pilot, Captain Lance McCaw who died on scene.

MORE: UPDATE: Fatal crash victim identified

Now, the national transportation safety board is tasked with finding out what led up to the tragic crash.

What we do know is that the area received heavy rain Monday night.

"Weather may have played a role but we can't say for sure now. We do have some ATC radar data and we do have some voice transcription that we'll look over as the investigation continues," explained Alleyne.

It's a long process for the NTSB to look into what happened and figure out what caused the plane to crash. 

"We don't know what happened so we'll look through a laundry list of items that we'll go through," said Alleyne. "We'll look at the pilot, we'll look at the aircraft, we'll look at the weather, the environment."

The NTSB investigators along with the airplane manufacturer and the engine manufacturer will continue the investigation on scene over the next 24 hours. 

"We're still at the fact finding stage so we don't know how long this is going to take," explained Alleyne.

The investigation could take between six months and a year.

WALB reached out to the airport and officials released the following statement:

The airport staff gives their condolences to the pilot's family. It was an unfortunate situation.

McCaw is survived by his wife and young son.  

A crowd-funding account has been set-up in honor of McCaw to provide financial support for his family.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so at the Support the McCaw Family YouCaring page.

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