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Plane's repair history to be examined in crash investigation

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The FAA released a document detailing the maintenance history of the plane that crashed at Huntsville International Airport June 18. (Source: WAFF) The FAA released a document detailing the maintenance history of the plane that crashed at Huntsville International Airport June 18. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A document logging the history of the plane that went down earlier in June at Huntsville International Airport is expected to play a key role in the investigation.

Three men were killed June 18 when their Westwind II aircraft crashed while attempting to depart from the runway. The National Transportation Safety Board is still conducting their investigation, and no cause for the fatal crash has yet been determined.

Several phrases stood out in the documents released from the Federal Aviation Administration – words like "major repair" and "engine cracked." The document covers the craft's history, back to 1993.

The report lists at least four major repairs and more than 15 major alterations to the jet. There are maintenance listings for things like "fueling support doubler cracked," corrosion, and a towing incident.

Aviation mechanic Herold McMurran said that much documented maintenance is normal. However, every repair listed is considered "major." While the cause is for the NTSB to determine, any of these repairs could have played a role in the crash.

"That's the reason they have this form filled out," said McMurran. "They can go back to who repaired it. If they have a suspicion that this repair caused the accident, they know what facility to go back and check on to see what happened there."

NTSB officials said the full investigation is expected to take up to one year to complete. However, a preliminary report is expected to be released in the next few days.

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