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Federal investigators in Jefferson County following fatal weekend plane crash

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL - Officials with the National Transportation and Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will return to the crash site Monday morning to try to determine a cause.

Allan and Cali Campbell of Florence, Mississippi were killed when their plane crashed into a wooded area near Trussville Friday night.


The couple was traveling from Jackson, Mississippi when their plane lost contact with the control tower at the Birmingham airport around 10:30PM. Saturday afternoon. Search and rescue crews uncovered the wrecked aircraft in a wooded area off of Goodner Mountain Road in Trussville.

The NTSB and FAA had crews out at the crash site most of the day Sunday. Senior Investigator with the NTSB, Tim Monville, says the location of the crash makes the investigation difficult.

"It's about a 20 degree slope where it impacted; up sloping terrain, heavily wooded,” described Monville. “And the airplane is literally fragmented. There are pieces scattered over a hundred yards."

Investigators spent their day documenting evidence and examining fragments of the wrecked aircraft. But, Monville says there’s still a long way to go in their investigation.

"It's a matter of gathering other information:  weather information, pilot information, maintenance information, so this is just one step of the process,” Monville said.  

Meanwhile, family and friends of Calli and Allan are mourning their loss.

Calli’s best friend, Kelli Ann Fayette recalls the last contact she had with her dear friend:

"I was texting Calli, sending her pictures and stuff and she wasn't responding, so I knew something was up. I went to the computer and I pulled it up. Of course there it was all over her page that she had been killed in a plane crash. I just can't get my head around the fact she's gone."

Calli and Allan Campbell had just celebrated their one year anniversary.

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