Federal investigators are in Hayden, Alabama, collecting crash debris and interviewing witnesses after an airplane carrying a family of four crashed on its way from Kissimmee, Florida, to Jackson, Tennessee, on the afternoon of Saturday, March 25.
All four members of the Crenshaw family were killed in the plane crash. They have been identified as Joseph Crenshaw, his wife Jennifer, and their two children, 16-year-old Jacob, and 14-yer-old Jillian.
According to WKRN Nashville, the Blount County Fire District said the airplane, a Cessna 210, may have started coming apart in the sky –a supposition based on the length of the debris field, which stretched for about a mile, and eyewitness accounts.
Brittany Reno told WKRN she was driving along Highway 160 when she spotted the troubled the airplane.
“It spun around and took a nose dive down. The wing came down over us, the wind carried it over into the field.”
Various neighbors reported finding parts of the airplane on or near their property, including the doors, wings, engine parts, and other unidentifiable pieces of mangled metal.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) were on the scene 30 miles north of Birmingham to launch a probe, which will involve collecting radar data, aircraft maintenance inspection records, medical records of the pilot, air traffic control data and communication, and witness accounts.
The plane took off from Kissimmee, Florida, at 12:52 p.m. A mayday called was issued at 2:34 p.m. and air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane around that time. The airplane crashed near a Dollar General store in Hayden.
Mr. Crenshaw, a regional director, vice president, and senior financial advisor at First Tennessee Bank, and his family were returning home to Jackson, Tennessee, after a spring break at Walt Disney World.