The boxes were sent to Washington, where technicians worked on them overnight. Some 26 investigators are on site in North Carolina, a large number for the crash of a smaller plane. According to Thomas E. Haueter, chief of NTSB's major investigations division, the board sent its trainees along on this trip because there hasn't been a major plane crash in 14 months.
In addition to the recorders, NTSB investigators have obtained radar records providing a good record of the plane's path. Witnesses claim that shortly following takeoff, while the plane was going approximately 103 mph, it veered sharply, started a steep decline and rolled over just before hitting an airport hanger. It then burst into flames. All 21 passengers and crew members on board were killed.