New Details from Investigators on Fatal Plane Crash

Both the flight data and cockpit voice recorders have been recovered from the scene.

Photo Credit: WHDH, 7-News
Photo Credit: WHDH, 7-News
By Owen Boss

Investigators looking to determine what caused a fatal private jet crash at Hanscom Field in Bedford Saturday night released new details at a press conference Monday evening, fielding questions about the pilot's experience and the speed of the plane when it left the runway. 

Appearing before a crowd of reporters Monday was National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Investigator Luke Shiada, who confirmed that the plane never left the ground when it crashed just before 10 p.m. Saturday, killing all seven people onboard.

The Middlesex County District Attorney's office issued the identities of six of the seven victims Monday afternoon. 

Although Shiada said investigators are currently looking to gather information about the pilots' recent work history and sleep cycles - both men were seasoned veterans in the air. The pilot, he said, had 18,500 flight hours while the first officer had more than 11,200.

Shiada went on to say that the investigation is now primarily focused on finding the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder - both of which had not yet been located prior to the press conference. Just after 6:15 p.m. Monday night, the NTSB announced both were recovered. 

A crane is expected to arrive on site tonight to help sift through the badly burned wreckage, which is located in a water-filled gully off the end of the runway.

The plane, a Gulfstream IV, was headed to Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey with seven people onboard - two flight crew members, one pilot and four passengers.

Investigators are also looking to see if any of the air field's surveillance cameras captured the crash on video. Video footage that may shed light on what went wrong, Shiada said, has not yet been located. 

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