01/07/2011 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Birmingham, AL—A pilot was killed when the small plane he was operating crashed into a residential neighborhood near Birmingham International Airport (BHM) Wednesday evening, Jan. 5, 2010. The fiery Alabama aviation accident involved a Beech BE-58 twin-engine aircraft, according to information provided by the Associated Press.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Kathleen Bergen reported that an unidentified individual was piloting the Beech BE-58 plane when it went down during its final approach at Birmingham International Airport.
The plane crashed into a power line and burst into flames on impact. Sgt. Johnny Williams with the Birmingham Police Department said the plane managed to avoid striking any homes and/or pedestrians.
Williams noted that the aircraft sustained extensive damage in the fiery plane wreck, making it hard for rescue crews to recover the pilot’s remains.
Authorities have not released the name of the victim killed in the Birmingham plane crash. According to federal records, the aircraft is registered to Sutter’s Mill Gold & Jewelry and Pee Wee’s Pawn.
The FAA, along with officials from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), were expected to conduct a full investigation into the fatal aviation accident.
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