Cause of Denver Crash Could Take Up to a Year to Investigate

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) Aviation experts say it could take up to a year to figure out what caused a Continental Airlines plane to veer off a runway and slide into a snowy field at Denver International Airport on Saturday.

So far, National Transportation Safety Board investigators say they haven’t found any problems with the plane’s engines, brakes or Wheels, but they haven’t ruled anything out.

They also haven’t released any information about the landing gear under the plane’s nose. That gear ended up under the plane, which landed on its belly in a field about 2,000 feet from the runway. The wreckage probably won’t be removed until after Christmas.

Former NTSB chairman Jim hall says the investigation will look at things like condition of the plane’s undercarriage, whether there were any strong shifts in wind on the runway, and the positions of the controls.

All passengers and crew members escaped the plane, which caught fire on the right side. Thirty-eight people were injured. Four are still in the hospital.

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