Cessna crash under investigation

Bridget Serchak
Bridget Serchak

By Leland Kim - bio | email

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.

The NTSB says it may take a year or longer to complete its investigation. There are about 1,600 general aviation crashes every year, with roughly a quarter of them, fatal. Human error is blamed for about 80 percent of plane crashes.