NTSB Transfers Control of Investigation of Austin Plane Crash to FBI

Given the apparent criminal nature of the event, officials decided it should be transferred to the FBI.


The National Transportation Safety Board has transferred control of the investigation into yesterday's crash of a small aircraft into an office building in Austin, Texas to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On the morning of February 18, 2010, a Piper PA-28 struck a 7-story building housing federal offices in Austin, Texas. The NTSB immediately initiated an investigation and dispatched a team of investigators to the scene. Information developed about the circumstances of the crash since that time point toward an intentional act rather than an accident.

Last night, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman consulted with the United States Attorney General, Eric Holder. They agreed that given the apparent criminal nature of the event, the primacy of this investigation should be transferred to the FBI. NTSB investigators will remain at the scene to assist the FBI.

All inquiries about the progress of the investigation should be directed to the FBI office in San Antonio at (210) 225-6741.

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