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New audio released from Trussville plane crash investigation

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Investigators near the scene of the crash. (Source: WBRC video) Investigators near the scene of the crash. (Source: WBRC video)
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Audio has been released in connection to a deadly plane crash in Trussville.

The Friday night crash killed a Mississippi couple attempting to land in Birmingham. The new audio gives us a better idea of what may have caused the plane to go down.

Fox6 Chief Meteorologist J-P Dice is a licensed private pilot and recently landed on runway 24 at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth Airport. Dice was willing to listen and explain the audio for those who didn't understand the pilot lingo.

PILOT: "I'd like to pickup local IFR ILS 2-4 Birmingham please."

That is the pilot, identified as Allan Campbell of Florence, Mississippi, speaking to Birmingham approach controllers. Air traffic control asks if he is capable and qualified for the landing on runway 24.

PILOT: "Affirmative."

"He was under visual flight rules. He was not flying by reference to instruments," said Dice. "As it got closer to Birmingham, he realized the weather, to get down safely to the ground would require instrument approach."

At that point, controllers give Campbell more instructions.

BIRMINGHAM APPROACH: "...Turn right heading 210 maintain 2,800 until established on localizer…"

J-P Dice says, "This is where things go bad. You hear a pause and…"

PILOT: "Say again Echo Juliet."

That is the pilot asking for a repeat of instructions. It is the last thing he said to controllers.

BIRMINGHAM APPROACH: "I think you are in a turn to the north. What I want you to do right now is get level wings. I don't want you to get too far off base."

"Air traffic responds, ‘Hey, you're in a turn to north. We need your wings level. Don't want you too off base.' So he's going in the wrong direction," explained Dice.

BIRMINGHAM APPROACH: "Radar contact lost, how do you hear me?"

"He hears nothing back," said Dice.

The reason they heard nothing is because the plane had crashed. The NTSB is investigating what caused the crash..

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