HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Three people are dead after a Birmingham based plane crashed just outside of the Huntsville International Airport on Wednesday. The plane was departing from the airport at the time.
Two of the people on board that flight are confirmed to be from Birmingham. One of those two was pilot Bill Christopher. WIAT 42’s Parrish Alleman spoke with Christopher’s wife of 31 years, Lori. She says Bill had 35 years of experience with 0 accidents, and he loved flying. Bill was a scout master as well. The couple had two children together and Bill was the stepfather to Lori’s oldest daughter. He was also an avid scuba diver who just last year took his daughter on her first gulf dive. His wife calls it a highlight in his life.
More information on the plane, WIAT 42 has confirmed with the coroner and the FAA registry that the plane was a 1983 Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind II. That model has 2 turbo-fan engines and seats 12 people. The original airworthiness date is November 30, 1983. The tail number, N793BG is registered to a company in Birmingham called Synfuels Holdings Finance LLC.
WIAT 42 will continue to bring you the latest on this developing story.
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