Alabama plane crash kills three 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