WBRC-TV / Courtesy /
Walker County, Ala - Jan. 2
1. WS of emergency vehicles heading to crash site
2. WS of ATV going to crash site
3. MS of police car in field near crash site
4. MS of police at scene
5. WS of vehicles near crash scene
6. SOUNDBITE: DONNA SWANN/NEIGHBOR -- (transcribed Below)
7. Police car heading to the scene
8. AP Graphic
RESCUE VEHICLES HEAD TO THE SITE OF SMALL PLANE CRASH THAT KILLED A TEEN PILOT AND TWO FRIENDS NORTHWEST OF BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA.
PILOT -- 17 YEAR OLD JORDAN SMITH -- TOOK OFF FROM THE WALKER COUNTY AIRPORT AT 10:30 PM TUESDAY NIGHT -- CRASHED LESS THAN A MILE AWAY.
WEDNESDAY -- THE PILOT'S MOTHER DENIED HE FLEW THE AIRCRAFT WITHOUT PERMISSION -- AND SAID HE WAS ONE TEST SHORT OF EARNING HIS PRIVATE PILOT'S LICENSE.
RESIDENTS NEAR THE AIRPORT -- WERE STUNNED WEDNESDAY.
SOUNDBITE: DONNA SWANN/NEIGHBOR
"three young lives snuffed out for nothing. It just really touches my heart...for the families....this is a new year....and they've got to face this."
THE PILOT'S MOTHER SAID THE OWNER OF THE PLANE EVEN GAVE HER SON A KEY.
BUT, THE AIRPORT MANAGER SAID, "IT WAS A STUDENT PILOT, FLYING AN AIRPLANE WITHOUT PERMISSION -- AN AIRPLANE HE WAS NOT QUALIFIED TO FLY AT NIGHT."
SIGOUT - Name/Associated Press