WICHITA, Kansas – After stabilizing the FlightSafety International building around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, emergency crews worked around the clock to recover the bodies of the remaining victims.
Around 1 p.m. on Saturday, emergency crews were able to recover the fourth body on the roof of the building at the plane crash site near the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.
Wichita Fire Marshal Brad Crisp said Saturday afternoon that fire crews will remain on scene to help put out spot fires that may spring up in the building.
“Anytime you have a significant fire in a building of that size, there are concealed spaces which are very difficult areas to get not only our personnel into but water onto the fire so you’ll see a flare up from time to time,” said Brad Crisp.
Crisp also said that even though the building is considered stable, there are still many factors that emergency crews and investigators have to be cautious of.
“There’s a lot of debris down, so there are a number of factors, including aviation fuel that is still in the building,” said Crisp. “This is a very methodical process because we don’t want to get anyone else hurt.”
The WPD, WFD, NTSB, Wichita Heavy Rescue and other resources will remain at the scene for the rest of the day.
The ongoing assessments will be done by crews on the scene until the rest of the aircraft is found. The NTSB investigation could take up to 9 months to be fully completed.