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Published on : Monday, August 15, 2016
Firefighters made it to the site within three minutes of the crash but were unable to save the six people on board, Herndon said.
The pilot issued a distress signal about 11:10 a.m., and the aircraft went down moments later short of a runway at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, said Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon during a joint news conference with Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox.
A statement issued by the Federal Aviation Administration stated that the Piper PA-31 departed Kissimmee Gateway Airport and crashed into the trees while approaching the Tuscaloosa airport.
Authorities haven’t released the names of the victims immediately, though media reported that Memphis defense attorney Steve Farese said his nephew Jason Farese and his wife, Lea Farese, both dentists in Oxford, were among the passengers.
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