Update: Main body of wreckage from plane recovered from Chickamauga Lake
Friday afternoon, shortly before 3 p.m., a crane recovered the main body of plane wreckage from Chickamauga Lake.
The aircraft was ferried to an undisclosed, secure location on Lake Chickamauga where it was unloaded and reloaded onto a flatbed truck. It will now travel to a secure location where NTSB personnel will review the wreckage.
We observed the operation on our NewsChannel 9 SkyCam:
We also learned about funeral arrangements for the pilot. Scroll down for those details.
Now that the bodies of the two people who died in a plane crash Monday on Chickamauga Lake have been recovered, the slow process of recovering the wreckage of the plane will continue.
Spokesman Matt Lea of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) says the HCSO will oversee the recovery of the airplane, but the actual efforts to salvage and lift the airplane from the lake bottom will be conducted by private contractors in partnership with the victims insurance company responsible for insuring the aircraft.
Lea says the HCSO plans to share everything recovered from the lake waters with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Once the airplane has been lifted, the aircraft will be loaded onto a barge and taken to a location of choosing by the NTSB for their investigators to review the wreckage. No representatives from the NTSB were on hand for the recovery effort due to the current partial government shutdown.
On Thursday afternoon, crews recovered the bodies of the pilot, Capt. Frank Davey, USMC (Ret.), and his passenger, Lynda Marinello. Davey was a longtime pilot who lived in Soddy-Daisy, and his family says flying was a passion of his. Marinello's husband says he and Lynda were longtime friends with the Davey family. Read more about both of them here.
On Friday, Davey's family announced funeral arrangements. Visitation will happen Tuesday, January 15th at Lane Funeral Home (on Ashland Terrace) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. His service will be the next day, Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hixson Presbyterian Church, at 1450 Jackson Mill Road. In lieu of flowers, the family says contributions may be made to United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots.
Lea says it's too early to speculate as to what exactly caused the plane to crash. He would not say whether the wreckage showed any signs of an explosion. A pilot who flew his plane right after Davey took off showed us video from the cockpit of his plane that depicted extremely windy conditions, which he said made it difficult to fly. The NTSB will likely take months before officially determining what caused the plane to crash.
Watch Lea's full news briefing from Friday morning below:
A release from the HCSO concluded this way:
"The HCSO would like to once again thank the following agencies for their continued support:
- Tennessee Emergency Management (TEMA)
- Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department
- Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department
- Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department
- Franklin County Emergency Services
We would also like to thank all the local organizations, businesses, and private citizens who provided food for the operations.
Lastly, the HCSO would like to offer our prayers and condolences to the family of the victims."
As this investigation continues, depend on NewsChannel 9 to keep you posted.