West End: Plane crash probe could take more than a month

SAPPHO — It could take Navy investigators more than a month to determine the cause of last week’s EA-6B Prowler crash that left an aviator injured after he ejected from the electronic warfare aircraft.

But the forest area near the crash site, six miles south of Klahowya Campground on U.S. Highway 101, will not likely be closed to the public that long.

Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet spokeswoman Lt. Kyra Hawn said Monday that a crash investigation typically takes from 30 days to 45 days to complete.

“And with the rugged terrain and the location of this crash, it could take even longer,” Hawn said.

According to Hawn, the Navy closed the forest area immediately adjacent to the crash site and the U.S. Forest Service closed the surrounding land, roads and trails.

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