- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

SPRING BRANCH, Texas (AP) - Federal investigators are examining the burned wreckage of a plane to determine what caused it to crash shortly after takeoff, killing a Central Texas family.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Edward Malinowski said Sunday that it could take six months to a year to determine what caused the aircraft to crash and then burst into flames next to a feed store.

Malinowski said investigators are examining the Piper PA-24 aircraft’s frame and its single engine, as well as any marks left by the plane.

The crash occurred Saturday shortly after the plane left from Kestrel Air Park in Spring Branch, about 30 miles north of San Antonio. The crash killed 38-year-old pilot Michael Scott Galloway of Spring Branch, his 32-year-old wife, and their 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter.

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