John Denver’s body was cremated Wednesday, as federal investigators packed up and prepared to leave the site of the singer’s fatal airplane crash.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators were to return to their offices in Los Angeles and Washington to complete their work after finishing up a few remaining details at the site of Sunday’s crash.
With a backlog of cases, it could take six months to determine the cause of the crash, NTSB spokesman Matt Furman said.
“There are approximately 2,000 aviation accidents in this country every year and the NTSB by law has to investigate all of them. This one goes into the pipeline,” he said.
The ashes of the 53-year-old singer were to be taken by two friends to Colorado, where a memorial service is scheduled for Friday, said Denver’s publicist Paul Shefrin.