The Federal Bureau of Investigation said yesterday that there is no indication at this point that Sunday’s crash of a Star Marianas Piper Cherokee Six aircraft was due to a deliberate act.
FBI special agent Tom Simon said the FBI’s only jurisdiction thus far is to determine if the crash occurred because of a deliberate act.
“At this point, there is no indication that this is the case,” Simon said in an email in response to Saipan Tribune’s inquiries.
Simon said the FBI’s role right now, along with the U.S. Coast Guard and CNMI authorities, is to preserve the evidence at the impact scene while they await the arrival of crash investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.
He did not say when the crash investigators would arrive on Tinian.
The FBI spokesman said that any statement regarding the cause of the crash need to come from the NTSB or the FAA.
Statements regarding the passengers, he said, will come from CNMI authorities.
“Beyond that, the FBI would just be serving as evidence response and collection consultants to the NTSB and FAA,” Simon said.
The plane left the Tinian airport at 2:41am for Saipan but crashed in a jungle on Tinian, killing its pilot and two passengers and seriously injuring four other passengers.