JASPER, Ala. — Investigators say a small plane that crashed in the Alabama woods Tuesday night was taken for a “joyride” without permission by a student pilot and two other teenagers, the Associated Press is reporting.
According to the report, Walker County sheriff’s Chief Deputy James Painter said Wednesday authorities believe the three teenagers took off in the plane before it went down in a wooded area near Jasper, northwest of Birmingham.
“We don’t know for sure but we think it was some teenagers who stole the plane and were sort of joyriding it,” Painter told The Associated Press.
“They got it in and took off and didn’t go very far.”
An FAA official said the Piper PA 30 crashed less than a mile from the Walker County Airport in Jasper.
The names of the three occupants of the plane haven’t been released.
Source: Associated Press