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NTSB: Nine to 12 Months for Probable Cause on Governor Carnahan's Plane CrashAired October 17, 2000 - 1:10 p.m. ET
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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: A sad note about tonight's event, the candidates are expected to say a few words in tribute to Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan. Carnahan, his son, and a campaign adviser were killed in a small plane crash last night.
CNN national correspondent Gary Tuchman is standing by.
He is in Hillsboro, Missouri, with more -- Gary.
GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Daryn, in the same day that Missouri hosts the last presidential debate, its citizens are in a state of mourning. Their governor has died in a plane crash. And making the story even sadder, the man flying the plane was his son. He also perished. And a third man died in the plane, a top aide to the governor.
Governor Mel Carnahan, running for the U.S. Senate, was flying to a campaign event in New Madrid, Missouri. He had taken off 35 minutes earlier from Cahokia, Illinois, that's a town just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. It was raining, it was foggy last night but we do not know if weather was a factor in this crash. We do know that witnesses say they heard the plane explode after it dove to the ground. Nine members of the National Transportation Safety Board are now on the scene in this remote part of Missouri, 30 miles south of St. Louis. They are working in a ravine in a heavily wooded area,
The governor was finishing his second term as this state's chief executive and running against Republican incumbent John Ashcroft for the U.S. Senate. Upon news of the crash, Ashcroft said he would discontinue campaigning for the Senate. No positive I.D.s have been made but there is no doubt who was on the airplane.
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SHERIFF, GLENN BOYER, JEFFERSON COUNTY, MISSOURI: The biggest thing that's going to impact the recovery of anything, whether it be debris from the crash site or the recovery of any remains, is going to be the terrain. It is in a very difficult location, very densely wooded area, with a lot of rock outcroppings. In fact, we had a couple of firemen receive some minor injuries last night from getting to get in and out of this area.
(END VIDEO CLIP) TUCHMAN: Three other children, they are in the governor's mansion right now, in Jefferson City, the state capital. That's where mourners have been depositing bouquets of flowers all day long in this very sad day.
The National Transportation Safety Board says it is likely it will issue preliminary findings on this crash in several weeks, but it will be nine to 12 months before NTSB issues a probable cause.
Daryn, back to you.
KAGAN: Gary Tuchman in Hillsboro, Missouri, thank you very much.
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