NTSB holds news conference on Tuscaloosa plane crash

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TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. - The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what caused the crash Sunday afternoon that happened 1/4 of a mile away from the regional airport. Six people died in the crash.

Field officer Heidi Kemner opened the news conference offering condolences to the family and friends of the victims. She expects to have a preliminary report on the crash in approximately 10 days.

Kemner says the flight log book has been located and crews are still searching for the maintenance papers. Investigators hope to marry the two in order to determine the working order of the aircraft.

Investigators plan to go through the wreckage tomorrow before a salvage company arrives to pick up the wreckage.

Friends, relatives and officials identified the dead as dentists Jason Farese and Lea Farese; dentist Michael Perry and his wife, Kim Perry, a nurse practitioner at the University of Mississippi; and dentist Austin Poole and his wife, Angie Poole.

WHNT News 19 sister station ABC 33/40 was at the news conference this morning and shared it live via Facebook.