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A small plane crashed after it took off from a nearby municipal airport on Interstate 15 in Riverdale, Utah, about 35 miles north of Salt Lake City, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Authorities say several people died when the plane crashed on a northern Utah interstate median, tangling traffic and leaving blackened wreckage on the highway. (Photo: Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)

Investigators will be able to view the entire scene of a recent fatal plane crash on Interstate 15 in extreme detail from any angle they want because of the high-tech equipment used to document the scene.

The FARO X330 uses lasers and a camera to construct any scene around it, resulting in a high-definition 3D map.

Sgt. Randall Akers, the accident investigation program manager for the Utah Highway Patrol, said the department bought seven of the scanners in 2014 and each cost about $40,000.

Akers said the machine takes multiple scans to document a typical crime scene and each scan takes between 4 and 12 minutes. 

“Like any laser measurement device it shoots out a beam and gets a return to measure distance,” he said. “It does it in 360 degrees — in a circle.”

Akers said the scanner is particularly useful when it comes to plane crashes, because law enforcement responding to the scene aren’t experts in that field. Using the FARO, they can get a true to life 3D rendering of everything — from cars on the side of the road to miniature pieces of debris -— and send it off to qualified investigators.

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