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From: randyd at accessus.net (Randy Dehn)
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 1996 23:08:53 UTC
The plane was a new one with only 17 +/- hours on it, the investigation has been turned over to the naval safety board . They have recovered the recorder from the plane and have not say much about it. The news reported that he avoided a house before impact and that he probably did not eject because of the populated area. The news just said that they found the data recorder ( black box ) and that the plane was refueled at St.Louis Regional so they are looking at the fuel also. The family of the pilot (wife and 3 of 5 kids.. Jeff Crutchfield ) was watching from the airport as were some workers from McDonnell Douglas employee's. The name of the town where this happened at is Bethalto , Il.