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NTSB to look at all angles in plane crash probe

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Updated: 12/09/2013 6:20 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The National Transportation Safety Board says it'll be months before investigators know what led to a plane crash in a neighborhood in Arlington.

The plane crashed Sunday evening into a retention pond in the Sutton Lakes subdivision, killing all three people on board.

One of the victims, Tess Huber, played golf for the women's golf team at the University of North Florida.

[Related story: UNF golfer killed in plane crash]

The NTSB said her father had a license to fly a twin engine plane.

Michael Huber, according to the NTSB, had a license with an instrument rating, which meant he had the training and qualifications to fly in certain meteorological conditions.

Robert Gretz, an NTSB spokesman, said crash investigators will look at all angles, including whether fog or low-hanging clouds had a role in the crash.

The twin engine Cessna crashed while approaching the runway at Craig Airport.  Gretz said another aircraft followed the same approach and landed at the airport without any problems about 30 minutes prior to the crash.

Crash investigators will also dig into the maintenance record of the plane.  They'll look at the pilot's experience and conduct toxicology tests.

A preliminary report is expected in 10 days.  The entire investigation could take anywhere from six to nine months to complete.

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Papakilo - 12/9/2013 7:54 PM
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Jacksonville has a number of airports all sanctioned and inspected by the FAA. Federal Law requires all buyers of residential property located in an aircraft hazard area, such as landing patterns, runways used for landing and take-offs approaches/departures be notified prior to purchasing in such areas. Most land in such areas are restricted to farms, industrial, and limited to mobile home locations. In some instances the notification of these zoning restrictions have been ignored by developers and the city. In Jacksonville we have NS Mayport Airfield, Craig Field, NAS Jacksonville, Cecil Field, Harelong Field, and Jacksonville International Airport. Actual zoning hazards depend upon the location near the field (distance) and actual landing/take-off runways and associated airspace. Which include the surface area directly under them. These restrictions have been ignored for so long, there are many developers and Real Estate sales personnel who don't even know the restrictions. So, owners of homes near the airports should not complain, as the airports have been in place for almost 60 years and their presence is no secret. The last time a home was destroyed by an aircraft was during the early 80's approaching Cecil Field from the South. It does not happen often but, the risk is always there. Is your home in a high risk area for aircraft incidents?
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