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Probe into Guntersville plane crash expected soon

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A small plane that crashed Sunday about 100 yards from Guntersville airport's runway will likely be removed from its marshy resting area Tuesday morning.

The Piper Lance left Gadsden with two people on board for an afternoon of flying. On their way back to Gadsden that afternoon, the pilot said they lost an engine and attempted an emergency landing at Guntersville but crashed. The pilot and his passenger had just bumps and scratches.

They plan to make sure everything is done as quickly and efficiently as possible to get the aircraft out of the water, said airport manager Mark Metcalf. "And as intact as possible in order for the investigation to proceed smoothly so they've got the best information for the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)."

Precision Towing and Recovery of Scottsboro and an Atlanta-based company will handle the recovery.

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