UPDATE at 10:00 p.m. Sunday – Media outlets are learning more about the six victims of a deadly plane crash near the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport on Sunday morning.
According to the Oxford, Mississippi newspaper, the couples have been identified as Dr. Jason Farese and his wife, Dr. Lea Farese. They ran a dental practice in Oxford. The other victims are Dr. Michael Perry and his wife, Kim. The third couple has been identified as Dr. Austin Poole and his wife, Angie Poole. Together the couples leave behind eleven children. The Federal Aviation Administration is now in charge of the investigation. The FAA will work with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the crash.
Sunday at 6:00 p.m. – Six people have died in a plane crash in Northport, Alabama on Sunday morning.
The crash happened around 11:20 a.m, when a Piper PA31 crashed into trees on approach to Runway 30 at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. The plane was heading from Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Florida and was en route to its destination in Oxford, Mississippi when the plane reportedly had engine trouble.
The plane crashed into the Van de Graff Arboretum Park. The victims appear to be three men and three women, according to Sheriff Abernathy with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department.
The Sheriff’s Department is waiting to give out more information until they have all of their information confirmed, with a release to be expected sometime soon.
“Whatever we do here we want to make sure we put out accurate information,” Abernathy said.
The crash happens on the anniversary of another plane crash, that of UPS Airlines Flight 1354. Flight 1354 crashed on its approach to runway 18 at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on August 14, 2013.