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Fred Montgomery is the father of one of the young plane crash victims. He says faith will pull his family through this time. Source: WBRC video Fred Montgomery is the father of one of the young plane crash victims. He says faith will pull his family through this time. Source: WBRC video
Jordan Montgomery, 17, was a senior at Meeks High School. Source: Family photo Jordan Montgomery, 17, was a senior at Meeks High School. Source: Family photo
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WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

On the very day his senior portraits arrived in the mail, the family of Jordan Montgomery is faced with a tough reality.

"His mother couldn't get a hold of him today and they called me and told me that he had...there had been a plane crash and his truck was over at Brandon's house, and Brandon's pickup was at the airport where the plane was missing," Jordan's father, Fred, said.

Jordan had spent the night at a friend's and reports say it was during the sleepover that 17-year-old Jordan Montgomery, 17-year-old Jordan Smith and 19-year-old Brandon Ary took off in a Piper PA 30 plane from the Walker County Airport.

The plane crashed a mile from the airport, killing all three.

"My wife is taking it very hard, and which that's expected, and my day will come somewhere down the road and I'll pick a day, but right now I need to stand strong," Fred said.

John Wells is the man who made the 9-1-1 call.

"They revved up and then they went quiet and about that time I heard the crash of the engine bottoms," Wells said.

As a firefighter, Wells has worked these types of crashes and tells FOX6 News he feels for the families involved.

Fred says his son was a young man with many aspirations for his life, which has now been cut short.

"Three boys having the ride of their life and picked a bad time to go up," Fred said.

There are reports the plane was stolen or taken without permission but Fred says his son would have never gotten into a stolen plane.

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