New Information on Fatal Plane Crash in Etowah County

Fairhope Pilot Killed in Etowah County Plane Crash Identified

One person is dead following a plane crash that occurred in the northern part of Etowah County on Monday.  Etowah County Deputy Coroner, Dantez Robinson, stated Charles Walker Pickering Jr., 65, of Fairhope, was identified as the pilot killed during the crash.  A Federal Aviation Administration Official, said a single-engine Piper PA-32R crashed close to the Northeast Alabama Regional Airport in Gadsden at around 5:45 that afternoon.  Sheriff’s Office Deputies – along with fire departments from Attalla, Ivalee and Gallant all responded to the area of Rocky Hollow Cutoff Road.  Only the pilot was on-board.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board – continue to investigate.


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