The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

January 4, 2013

Plane in Jasper fatal crash was unregistered


Associated Press

JASPER — 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 A phone number given by the company at the time of registration is no longer active.

The plane crash Tuesday night killed student pilot Jordan Smith and his friends, Jordan Montgomery and Brandon Ary. The FAA said earlier that its regulations prohibit student pilots from taking up passengers.