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NTSB says it will take time to figure out why the jet crashed in Akron
NTSB is studying engines, weather, pilot communications and data to figure out what led to Tuesday's fatal crash

Tim Rudell
Investigators say they'll be sifting through wreckage and other clues in Akron for at least the next 4-5 days.
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Summit County’s medical examiner confirmed at a noon news conference today that the death toll in the corporate jet crash in Akron yesterday was nine.  Three hours later federal investigators talked about looking for causes of the crash. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.


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The mid-day press briefing was about victims. Summit County Medical Examiner Dr. Lisa Kohler verified the number, but said forensic studies are still underway to identify individual remains. 

A 3 p.m., Bella Dinh-Zarr, vice-chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, took to the podium to tell reporters the plane’s black boxes are on the way to a Washington, D.C. lab -- and that some important crash-related evidence has been isolated.

“We interviewed the pilot who approached and landed just prior to the failed approach by the accident aircraft. We have also reviewed a security camera video that shows the aircraft at a low attitude and banking to the left seconds before it crashed.”

She said weather will be an important part of the investigation. 

Both officials said it will take days to complete the investigative process.

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Bella Dinh-Zarr (left), the vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, was among the investigators flying to Akron.
This is a Hawker 700A--similar to the plane that went down on approach to Akron Fulton International Airport.
Reporters gather for a news conference on the day after the fatal crash

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