Officials Clear Plane Crash Site in Alpine

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ALPINE – Federal investigators have cleared the scene of a deadly plane crash in Alpine.

They'll now sift through the wreckage at another site.

It could take anywhere from six to eight months before investigators have a cause.

Brewster County Sheriff Ronnie Dodson tells NewsWest 9, the wreckage was removed from the crash site around 1:00p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

The air ambulance went down just after midnight Sunday morning, shortly after taking off for Midland Memorial.

State troopers say the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing, when the plane hit a rut, flipped and burst into planes.

The crash took the lives of pilot Ted Caffarel, Medics Sharon Falkner and Tracy Chambers of Alpine, and Richard and Mary Folger from Midland.