Plane crash investigation continues Sunday

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other agencies are continuing to investigate a plane crash in Clay, Alabama, on Friday.

Crews gathered Sunday morning at the crash site to begin looking for clues that could help them determine the cause of the crash.

The small aircraft, a Cessna 210, was set to land at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. It crashed in northern Jefferson County around Goodner Mountain Road.

Both passengers were killed.

The plane had originally departed from Jackson-Evers International Airport, in Jackson, Mississippi.

An NTSB spokesperson says the pilot requested an instrument flight rules (IFR) clearance from the control tower as the plane approached the airport. An IFR clearance allows the controller to provide a different vector for the plane to approach.

The pilot’s request was granted from the air traffic controller, but contact was eventually lost with the plane.

NTSB investigator Tim Monville says the plane was chartered to fly blood specimens to Birmingham. The pilot worked for a company out of Louisiana.

The NTSB says preliminary information reveals no distress calls were made by the pilot.

Documentation of site and wreckage will continue through Monday.

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