Authorities say all three people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed in the Jasper area, northwest of Birmingham.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen tells The Associated Press that the Piper PA 30 went down less than a mile west of the Walker County Airport in Jasper around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday.
Walker County sheriff's Chief Deputy James Painter said the three occupants of the plane were young people. Their names have not yet been released.
Few other details were immediately available.
Bergen said the National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation and will determine the probable cause of the crash.
Jasper is about 40 miles northwest of Birmingham.
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