NTSB beginning investigation into plane crash involving prominent Greensboro community and business leader

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board have arrived in Greensboro to begin the investigation into a plane crash that claimed the life of a prominent community and business leader in the area.

Frank Richard Mascia Jr., of Greensboro, was the pilot of the Piper PA-28 aircraft that crashed shortly after departing Air Harbor Airport Wednesday.

Two Federal Aviation Administration officials and the sheriff's office are assisting the NTSB in the investigation today.

Officials are working to collect evidence that may disappear quickly and examine the plane before it's removed.

An engine specialist from Atlanta and a frame specialist from Florida are on the scene of the crash as well.

Over the next few days, officials will examine factors such as weather conditions, the condition of plane and the engine to determine what led to the crash.

Within 7-10 days of leaving the field officials will release a preliminary report.

A factual report won't be released until 9-10 months from now.

Then the statement of probable cause is expected 60 - 90 days after the factual report.