The initial investigation at the scene of last Sunday night’s air ambulance crash northwest of Mandan is complete.
The debris from last Monday morning, has been cleaned up. In the cleaning process, the Morton County Sheriff’s Office did come across a few additional small pieces of the plane.
Now it’s up to a couple federal agencies to complete the remainder of the investigation. The pieces of the plane have been sent off to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to analyze.
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier says it could take 6 months to a year to find out how the plane broke apart in flight.
The Sheriff adds, “It’s a tough deal, and it’s still a tough deal. You know, especially with it being First Responders involved in this. It is a family and we try to keep moving forward, but we know we need to keep doing our jobs as well.”
The Morton County Sheriff’s Office is pretty much finished with it’s portion of the investigation. Sheriff Kirchmeier says they’ll continue to go out to the scene to check for additional debris they may have missed.