Federal Aviation Administration records show that a plane that crashed in Jasper killing three people wasn't currently registered to fly.
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.
State business records show that HiFlight was organized in Jasper in 2010. A phone number given by the company at the time of registration is no longer active.
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.
Sherrie Smith disputes reports from officials that her 17-year-old son and two friends took the plane without permission Tuesday night. All three teens died in the crash.
She said Wednesday that the owner of the Piper PA 30 had given Jordan his own key to the plane and the code to a security gate behind which it was parked.
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.