Jasper plane crash New Year's Day http://apr.org en NTSB: No Radio Contact in Ala Crash That Killed 3 http://apr.org/post/ntsb-no-radio-contact-ala-crash-killed-3 <P>A preliminary federal investigation says the teenage pilot of a small airplane didn't have any radio contact before the aircraft crashed in Alabama on New Year's Day, killing three people.</P> <P>The National Transportation Safety Board report released Thursday says authorities learned of the crash in Walker County after witnesses called 911.</P> <P>The report doesn't say what caused the crash, in which a 17-year-old student pilot and two friends died.</P> <P>The report backs up authorities who say the pilot took the twin-engine Piper airplane on a joyride and crashed.</P> <P>While the Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:30:30 +0000 The Associated Press 23080 at http://apr.org NTSB: No Radio Contact in Ala Crash That Killed 3 FAA: Plane in north Ala. crash not registered http://apr.org/post/faa-plane-north-ala-crash-not-registered <P>Federal Aviation Administration records show that a plane that crashed in Jasper killing three people wasn't currently registered to fly.</P> <DIV> <P>FAA records show HiFlight Aviation of Jasper bought the plane in May 2010. The company applied for registration, but the application was returned to HiFlight in June 2010 for correction. The FAA received no response and canceled the registration.</P> <P>State business records show that HiFlight was organized in Jasper in 2010. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 14:35:19 +0000 The Associated Press 22789 at http://apr.org FAA: Plane in north Ala. crash not registered Student Pilot In Crash Ignored FAA Regulations http://apr.org/post/student-pilot-crash-ignored-faa-regulations <P>Federal authorities say a student pilot wasn't following regulations when he took off with two friends on a late-night flight that crashed in north Alabama and killed everyone aboard.</P> <P>The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday the pilot, 17-year-old Jordan Ryan Smith of Jasper, had a student pilot certificate. The FAA pointed to regulations that say a student pilot may not act as a pilot in command of an aircraft carrying a passenger. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 22:42:55 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 22767 at http://apr.org Student Pilot In Crash Ignored FAA Regulations Mom Says Boy Didn't Steal Plane in Alabama Crash http://apr.org/post/mom-says-boy-didnt-steal-plane-alabama-crash <P>Jordan Smith's mother says he fell in love with flying at an early age and was just one test short of earning his private license when the small plane he was piloting crashed after taking off from a county airport northwest of Birmingham, Alabama.</P> <DIV> <P>Sherrie Smith disputes reports from officials that her 17-year-old son and two friends took the plane without permission Tuesday night. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:35:57 +0000 The Associated Press 22733 at http://apr.org Mom Says Boy Didn't Steal Plane in Alabama Crash