UNADILLA, Ga. (AP) -- A somber procession of military vehicles delivered the remains of 21 guardsmen to a central-Georgia air base as Army investigators scrambled over the site where their plane crashed, mapping and videotaping the charred wreckage.
Lt. Col. Deborah Bertrand, a Robins Air Force Base spokeswoman, said the bodies were transported Monday to the base south of Macon. Local law enforcement officers escorted the convoy.
The remains of the three Florida Army National Guard crew members and 18 passengers from the Virginia Air National Guard were to be flown Tuesday, weather permitting, to an Air Force casualty center in Dover, Del.
Investigators from the Army Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Ala., were expected to finish their onsite probe by week's end, but it could be months before they announce a cause of the crash.
About a dozen Air Force and Army investigators were mapping the location of each piece of the plane's wreckage with global positioning devices.
The plane, a C-23 Sherpa was flying from Florida to Virginia when it crashed Saturday in a field. The recovery team had been slowed by 3 feet of mud caused by a 4-inch deluge of rain. Wind and sunshine helped dry the field Monday.
The plane's in-flight data and voice recorders were recovered Sunday, but military officials declined to say whether they contained any clues.
The crew from the Florida Guard's 171st Aviation Battalion was flying the plane, taking members of Virginia's 203rd Red Horse Flight Squadron home after a two-week training mission in Florida.
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