The National Transportation Safety Board has officially began investigating the two deadly plane crashes in South Dakota that happened during the government shutdown.
KELOLAND News talked with NTSB Thursday afternoon. They confirm investigators have been assigned to both the deadly plane crash in Sioux Falls on Christmas Day and the January plane crash in rural McCook County. The agency says due to the backlog it could take a month to get a preliminary report.
They normally take two weeks.
Investigators will rely on local law enforcement notes from the scene and possibly fly to South Dakota to see the wreckage. Normally they come right after a crash, but couldn’t during the shutdown.