Monday, July 11, 2011

Family of 7 killed in Demopolis plane crash identified, Alabama - 11th July 2011

The Marengo County coroner's office is confirming that 7 people have died aboard a twin-engine airplane that crashed in Demopolis over the weekend.

Coroner Stuart Harold Eatmon said a mother, father and their children all died as a result of the crash. The victims in the crash have been identified as Fred and Terresa Teutenberg and their children Emma, 2, Peyton, 4, Ellie, 6, Brendon, 9, and Will, 10.

Eatom said the victims' remains were sent to the state's forensics science division. He said the wreckage was heavily burned and because of that, there may possibly be an 8th victim, a baby. Testing will have to be done to make a final determination.

Eatmon said the family was returning home to Destin, Florida from a family reunion in Missouri when the crash occurred.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane crashed just west of Demoplis Saturday evening. FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker said the plane was flying from Gadsen in north Alabama to Shreveport, Louisiana when it apparently lost an engine.

Baker said the pilot diverted to Demopolis Regional Airport for an emergency landing but crashed approximately two miles out from the runway.

A search for the plane was started Saturday evening. Baker said the wreckage was located at 2:15am Sunday in a remote section of woods.

The plane, a Cessna C421, was manufactured in 1978 according to the FAA Registry and was registered to Advanced Integrated Technology Solutions based out of Niceville, Florida.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash. Source