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Aviation expert: Suburban Lake Worth plane crash investigation will be difficult


SUBURBAN LAKE WORTH, Fla. - There is still a long road ahead for investigators trying to determine what caused a plane to crash into a mobile home park in suburban Lake Worth Tuesday evening.

"It's going to be very difficult for the NTSB to determine exactly what the cause of the accident due to the fact that the wreckage was so burned," said NewsChannel 5's Aviation Expert David Bjellos.

He says the NTSB investigation will not be easy because the only thing left of the Piper Cherokee 180 is a mangled engine.

"I think, although, it's not speculation but probability, that it did not run out of gas. There would not have been that big of a fire," said Bjellos.

Two people died in the crash, a young woman inside one of the homes, Banny Galecia, and the pilot of the plane. Friends and family told WPTV Wednesday that the pilot, Dan Shalloway, was a local engineer.

"I did some background research on the pilot. He's been a pilot for quite a while," said Bjellos. "He certainly was qualified to fly. This was not a difficult airplane. The weather was perfect."

The NTSB says there were no distress calls made from the plane, which was returning to the Lantana airport from Orlando, leaving us with even fewer answers as to what could have gone wrong.

Bjellos says a mechanical or medical issue could have been a factor, but even that will be hard to determine because of how charred the scene is. He says these small planes do not have a black box, and it could take up to a year to get some of these questions answered.

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