VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) - It's now up to a team of investigators to determine what went wrong at Dayton Vectren Air Show.
Pam Elliot of 2 NEWS Investigates worked the phones Saturday contacting both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board to find out the plan for you.
Jason Aguilera of the National Transportation Safety Board is on his way here from Denver and he will head up the investigation into the tragedy at the air show.
Whenever there is a fatal plane crash, the National Transportation Safety Board is in charge. Spokesperson Eric Weiss says the initial investigation into what went wrong at the air show will take three to five days.
"NTSB investigations are pretty in-depth and we will be pulling every record we can of previous accidents and looking at the record of the show and any prior accidents, that will all be part of the investigation. Those records will be there two weeks or two months from now, but our immediate priority is to gather all information we can on scene," said Weiss.
Weiss expects the manufacturer of the airframe, the engine and the FAA to join NTSB investigator Jason Aguilera in Vandalia.
FAA spokesperson Lynn Lunsford with whom we spoke with by phone, said because the incident happened at an air show, they expect more evidence than at other crash scenes.
"Very often the difference with an air show crash is the likelihood of having videotape of it is very high and sometimes that provides very valuable information," said Lunsford.
Still, there are many interviews to be done and there is wreckage to examine and there's the lab work.
Lunsford said it's up to the air show operators to determine if the show goes on.
Their work continues regardless and investigators don't stop other shows from happening.
"Very rarely are there two accidents that are identical or even involve the same type of aircraft. Just because there's an accident at an air show does not mean therefore that all air shows are dangerous," said Lunsford.
Both the FAA and NTSB say it is not uncommon for a World War II vintage biplane to be flying in air shows and in other places.
Though the initial investigation into the plane going down today will take 3-to-5 days.
Typically accident investigations take several months up to a year to complete.
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