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Crews work plane crash scene

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RICHWOOD, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A command center for law enforcement was set up shortly after neighbors heard a loud boom and saw a single engine plane spiraling out of the sky. The center stands a few hundred yards away from the crash site.

The remote location of crash site, standing water and muddy conditions, have made it difficult for crews to move in and out. "It makes it cumbersome for those that are actually the removal and the security of the scene," said Ouachita Parish Sheriff Jay Russell. But with boots and all terrain vehicles, the crews are working around the difficult conditions. The coroner and Ouachita Parish Fire Department spent much of Friday recovering the bodies of the victims. The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's department is in charge of security for the area.

Sheriff Jay Russell says his officers are ensuring those working, will be able to do it in a safe and secure manner. "The main thing for us to make sure that people that are not supposed to be in the area are not there, and the people that live in the area are not more inconvenienced than they have to be," said Russell.

The men and women of the sheriffs department have been working around the clock and Sheriff Russell says some have even volunteered to stay longer, "They are doing well, we're funneling water and food to them and they are doing really well. I'm really proud of them they've done a real good job since this incident has happened," said Russell.  

The NTSB arrived on scene Friday afternoon from Denver, Colorado, beginning the investigation that will determine what caused the plane to crash.

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