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NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal Walker county plane crash

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From the NTSB:
On  January  1,  2013, about 2240 central standard time, a twin engine Piper PA-30, N7700Y, collided with  terrain  during  an  uncontrolled  descent  in  Jasper,  Alabama.  The  student  pilot and two passengers  were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was unregistered, and is  owned  by  a  private  individual.  The  unauthorized  flight was conducted in night, instrument meteorological  conditions  and  no  flight  plan  was filed. The flight departed from Walker County Airport-Bevill Field, Jasper, Alabama, at 2235.
Witnesses  stated  that  on  the  night  of  the  accident,  it was dark and raining. They heard the
airplane  flying  very low and, shortly thereafter they heard a loud crash. The witnesses called 911
and reported that the airplane had crashed.  
According  to the airport manager/instructor, the pilot worked as a cleanup person at the airport in
trade  for  flight  lessons.  The  airport  manager said that student pilot completed his first solo
flight  on  April  27,  2012.  He  also said that the student pilot received his flight lessons in a
single  engine  Cessna C-172 airplane. After the student pilot's solo, he no longer received lessons
from the airport manager.
The  owner  of  the airplane stated that he knew the student pilot from  his work at the airport. He
went  on  to  say  that he never gave permission to the student pilot to fly his airplane. The owner
was  asked  if  he ever took the student pilot flying in his airplane and he responded "no." He said
that  the  student pilot did not have a key for his airplane and it was not typically locked. On the
night  of  the accident, the owner was informed that his airplane was missing from the airport. When he  arrived  at the airport, he verified that his airplane was missing and reported that it was last seen on December 23, 2012.
According  to  preliminary  information  obtained  from  the Federal Aviation Administration, no air
traffic control assistance and no radio transmissions were made by the pilot prior to the accident.

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