Six people from Mississippi died when their small airplane flying from central Florida back to Oxford, Mississippi crashed on Sunday (14 August).
The pilot issued a distress signal around 11:10 a.m., Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon said.
It came down in trees close to the airport and rescue crews were on the scene within three minutes, but no-one survived, he said. According to a press conference from the mayor of Tuscaloosa, there appeared to be no survivors. All three couples were married with children. The Fareses had three children, ages 10, 7 and 5, family members told the newspaper. Jason Farese was originally from Ashland, and he met Lea Farese at the University of Mississippi Dental School.
Authorities say all six people on board the aircraft were killed.
The plane, a Piper PA-31, crashed into a park near Tuscaloosa Aiport, according to WAAY.
The victims - Lea and Jason Farese, Angie and Austin Poole and Kim and Michael Perry - were traveling home to Oxford after attending a dental convention in Florida. Family and friends have identified them, however. Austin Poole and his wife had five children.
Jason Farese was a private pilot first certified in 2004, and the plane was registered to a company that shares an address with his Oxford dental office, FAA records showed. Their youngest had started kindergarten this week.
One other couple on board had five children, it added. The plane was heading from Kissimmee Gateway Airport in FL and was en route to its destination in Oxford MS when the plane reportedly began to suffer engine trouble.