Plane Wreckage Removal Postponed Until Friday

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Efforts to removed a crashed plane in Rockingham County were put on hold Thursday.

A helicopter that was on its way to the plane crash site had to delay its efforts to recover the plane.

The helicopter was coming from Elkins, W. Va., according to Virginia State Police; however, the helicopter couldn't make it due to snow and freezing rain while they were on their way.

Investigators waited at the Gospel Hill Mennonite Church for that helicopter, while a aircraft recovery company with a truck was on standby waiting for the plane wreckage to arrive.

Keith Holloway, with the National Transportation Safety Board, said it can take up to 12 to 18 months to wrap up a full investigation on a plane crash.

"We are very thorough in our investigations and we go through each part of the investigation with a fine tooth comb. So it does take a while for us to determine a cause because we look at everything. We don't speculate," explained Holloway.

State police said efforts to recover the plane will resume Friday at 9:45 a.m.