Air Crash Crime Scene Investigation

Describe the evidence to be collected and the specialists or crime laboratory units that would be needed to properly analyze the following crime scene to answer the given questions.

On Monday, September 26, 2011, a small airplane believed to be transporting members of a Mexican drug cartel and a shipment of drugs and firearms of unknown type or size recorded a short “mayday” call at 8:05 a.m. before crashing into a farmhouse in Laredo, Texas. Local police report that the abandoned farmhouse is frequented by homeless individuals, and there may have been several inside at the time of impact. On impact, the airplane’s nearly full gas tank caused a fire that incinerated those within the plane and those within the farmhouse.

As an investigator at the crash you need to deduce the following:

How did the airplane malfunction to cause the crash?
Who was on the airplane and in the farmhouse?
What were the contents of the airplane’s cargo?

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