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NTSB: Retrieving "black boxes" from plane today's priority

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Today marks the first full day the National Transportation Safety Board has been on the ground, sifting through the wreckage of yesterday's UPS cargo plane crash to collect evidence and try to determine what exactly caused the plane to crash.

The NTSB says a plane crash of this magnitude usually takes about 12 to 18 months to investigate and determine a cause. 

Once the team is finished collecting evidence, we're told the agency will turn the plane back over to UPS.

In a one on one interview, NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt explained his agency is looking at the crash from all angles. 

A team will be in Birmingham for at least five to seven days. The NTSB will also travel to Louisville, Ky., to collect flight, maintenance and training records. 

The NTSB team has been on the scene since 9 a.m. Today's priority is retrieving the crash recorders from the plane, also known as the "black box."   

The NTSB says when there's a plane crash and fire like this there's always a possibility the black box could be damaged. But, officials say they simply won't know if that's the case with this accident until they get the recorders back to Washington, D.C. to examine. 

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