Nearly all the documents on their way to Magic Valley banks have been recovered from a plane crash that claimed the life of a Boise pilot.
"We recovered 99 percent or more," said Larry Leach, general manager of Boise-based Regional Express.The parcels, many of which were scattered in the snow around the downed plane, were reasonably intact, Leach said.
A twin-engine Regional Express airplane carrying documents for several local banks crashed Tuesday east of Albion on its way to Twin Falls from Salt Lake City, killing Joe Jacobsen, 39, of Boise.
"Regional Express was real good about getting back to us, and apparently most of our stuff is still in the bag," said Lee Cline, cashier for Farmer's National Bank of Buhl.
More than $1 million worth of canceled checks written by Farmer's National Bank customers were among the documents aboard the plane. If lost or destroyed, the checks would have to be retraced through the Federal Reserve office in Salt Lake back to the places where they were written before accounts could be charged.
The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Investigators have completed their on-site investigation, and the plane's cargo will be delivered to the banks, Leach said.