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January 2, 2013

FAA: 3 people on plane that crashed in Jasper

— JASPER, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say three people were on board a small plane 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. Central Time Tuesday night.

Walker County sheriff's deputies, Saragossa Fire Department and Alabama State Troopers were searching for the wreckage in an area off Highway 5. Searchers told WBRC-TV that they were having difficulty reaching the site, in a heavily wooded area.

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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