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US investigator leads plane crash probe

Date: 12/5/2008

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. investigator is studying the charred wreckage of a small plane that plowed into a Puerto Rican rainforest to pinpoint the cause of the deadly crash.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board says Todd Gunther is leading the probe.

The Rockwell International 690B plane slammed into El Yunque mountain on Wednesday, killing Caribbean pilot Ken Webster and two U.S. tourists on board.

A spokesman for the Medical Mutual of Ohio health insurance company is identifying the two Americans as Kent W. Clapp, the firm’s chief executive, and his fiancee, Tracy Turner. Puerto Rican officials previously had identified the man as Ken Clapp.

The couple from Avon Lake outside Cleveland chartered the plane from the British Virgin Islands.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.

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