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No survivors in plane crash near Trussville

By Gary Lloyd

JEFFERSON COUNTY — There are no survivors in the plane crash near Trussville, according to Trussville Police Chief Don Sivley.

Chief Deputy Randy Christian of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that two died on board a Cessna 210 aircraft that apparently went missing at about 10:30 p.m. Friday near Goodner Mountain Road. The aircraft departed Jackson, Miss., and was headed to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Trussville Police Chief Don Sivley, left, and Jefferson County Commissioner Joe Knight discuss the plane crash.
photo by Scott Buttram

Debris from the plane was found near Lake in the Woods.

Jefferson County is sending a crew to cut the road to the wreck site.

The county’s helicopter spotted the debris field. The wreckage of the plane was discovered after an extensive air and ground search.

“The Trussville Police Department began a ground search at that time,” Christian said in a statement released Saturday afternoon. “The terrain is very rugged and heavily wooded. This morning the Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit sent a helicopter to join in the search.”

Christian said just after 1:30 p.m. that the wreckage of the small single-engine plane was located by the helicopter in an area off Goodner Mountain Road north of Clay. Ground crews were directed into the crash site by the helicopter pilot.

“Once they reached the wreckage they found the two occupants dead on the scene,” Chistian said.

Christian said the sheriff’s office had contacted the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board. An investigator from the FAA has arrived at the crash site.

Scott Buttram contributed to this story.

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