HELENA, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say four people from middle Tennessee are hospitalized after a small airplane crashed in Alabama.
Pilot Dan Smith, wife Sharon Smith, their son Andy Smith and his 17-year-old girlfriend Katie Hargrove survived the fiery crash near Birmingham on Thursday afternoon.
The four were traveling home to Dickson, Tennessee, following a beach trip to Panama City, Florida. The small aircraft went down near the Bessemer airport, where it was attempting to land because of engine trouble.
Dan Smith and his son's girlfriend are listed in good condition. The other two people are listed in serious condition.
Authorities credit two people who heard the crash with pulling the passengers from the wreckage before the plane caught fire.
The Federal Aviation Administration identifies the airplane as a Piper PA-32.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.