Thursday was the first full day the NTSB was able to conduct their investigation into Wednesday's plane crash. The FBI's Evidence Response Team is assisting them. These two agencies were able to access the entire crash site after a lot of hard work from emergency response crews in Birmingham.
Units from the Birmingham Fire Department worked overnight and Thursday morning to cool down smoldering debris. This allowed NTSB crews to retrieve the black box.
After all areas of the crash site were safe, Birmingham Fire units drew up their hoes lines and some withdrew from the site. Birmingham Fire Chief, C.W. Mardis said it was time for their crews to take a different role.
"It's time for us to sort of stand back and let the other authorities handle their business and do what they do. We're just here as a support role."
The crash investigation is now officially under the NTSB. But, crews in Birmingham will still assist. The Birmingham Fire Department plans to rotate units for as long as they're needed.
The Birmingham Police Department will also continue to play a role. Sgt. Johnny Williams said they will continue to assist in protecting the crash site and controlling traffic in the area.
The NTSB's investigation in Birmingham is expected to last between five and seven days.
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