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Community comes together to help families of plane crash victims

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The Arley community is coming together to help the families of three teenagers who were killed Tuesday night in a Walker County plane crash.

Cory and Angie Moody have designed t-shirts and decals at their business "Stuck on You" in Arley. The t-shirts are $12, and the decals are $10. Proceeds benefit the families of 17-year-old Jordan Smith, 17-year-old Jordan Montgomery, and 19-year-old Brandon Ary.

A memorial fund has also been set up at Traditions Bank in Arley. Anyone who wishes to donate funds should ask for the "Ary-Montgomery-Smith" memorial fund.

Meanwhile, the investigation continues into what caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is wrapping up its reconstruction of the twin-engine airplane. It's currently in a hanger at the Walker County Airport.

Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the airplane was not registered to fly. Records show HiFlight Aviation of Jasper bought the plane in May 2010. The company applied for registration, but the application was returned the following month for correction. The FAA said it never received a response and canceled the registration.

State business records indicate Ray Whitworth of Jasper owns HighFlight Aviation. Efforts to reach Whitworth over the past several days have been unsuccessful.

 

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