PAHALA, Big Island (KHNL ) - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) began its investigation on the fatal plane crash last week that killed three people on the Big Island of Hawaii. A single-engine Cessna went missing last Tuesday with 40- year-old pilot Katsuhiro Takahashi and his two passengers who were visiting from Japan.
The wreckage was found Sunday in a forest reserve about 8-miles west of Pahala. Salvage teams are scheduled to begin removing the aircraft Friday morning at six.
"Once the wreckage has been completely removed from the hillside and transported to the Hilo airport hangar, then Mr. Struhsaker will meet with all the parties involved at some point on monday, if that's a day they can all get together," said Bridget Serchak, a public affairs officer with the NTSB in Washington, D.C.