UPDATE 11/18: The NTSB released a preliminary report recently detailing information on the plane crash that took the life of four people in October. According to the report, "Radar data revealed that the airplane conducted a missed approach and while maneuvering the pilot lost control of the airplane and it descended and impacted terrain."
10/14 5:40 a.m. UPDATE: According to the ABC station in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Captain Theodore Bradshaw had been a firefighter in Sunrise, FL for 33 years. He retired in 2005 and served as assistant fire chief. He was also an experienced pilot.
Cindy Haney, a neighbor and friend of Bradshaw, says she spoke to him right before his flight to Chesapeake. Bradshaw told her that he was attending a relative's wedding in Virginia and was looking forward to it.
CHESAPEAKE -- Crews will return to the site of a plane crash in the Great Dismal Swamp Monday to remove the wreckage of the plane and recover the remains of the 4 people on board who died.
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller an excavator came to the swamp Sunday to remove some of the debris. A pump helped pull water that was near the wreckage to assist crews with the recovery process.
The location of the crash and weather are making the process a challenging and slow-going one.
Pilot Theodore Bradshaw, 61, his wife, Mary Anne, 48, Charles Rodd, 64, and Diane Rodd, 58, were on the Cessna Thursday when it went down in the swamp. They lived in Florida and were headed to Hampton Roads for a wedding. They were set to land at Hampton Roads Executive Airport.
Authorities said the last radar contact with the plane was just before noon.
The investigation into the crash continues by Virginia State Police working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.