Single-engine plane crashes in Cullman County

Single-engine plane crashes in Cullman County

The FAA will resume its investigation of a plane crash in Cullman County today.

Witness say the pilot of a single-engine plane was trying to make an emergency landing at Cullman County Airport because of a cockpit fire when it crashed Friday.

The FAA spent a lot of time Friday night with their flashlights inside and outside of the plane. During that time they did locate an E-L-T, an emergency locator transmitter, that may help them determine what caused the plane crash.

It all happened in less than 15 seconds. The first of those seconds, Sergeant Danny Hite heard the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza coming in for approach, and that was the last routine part of this landing attempt.

Hite, a pilot, and other witnesses watched the pilot of this plane scramble to gain control, landing gear up, as the plane crashed two thousand feet away in an empty field.

Witnesses rushed to rescue.

"She had her cell phone trying to make a 911 call. I approached the pilot. He was on the left hand side. He was alert, somewhat disoriented. He knew who he was. He didn't know where he was. He complained of his back hurting and said he couldn't feel his legs," said Hite.

But both were conscious, alert, and lucky.

"The last thing we saw before the aircraft went out of sight was a left wing down, which in my mind means when we get there we're going to be picking up a lot of pieces," said Hite.

The couple inside the plane identified themselves to witnesses as John and Christy Kerr. The FAA tells WAFF 48 both are expected to be ok, but they will have to undergo surgery.

The FAA's investigation will continue this weekend.  We'll bring you the latest on this developing story tonight on WAFF 48 News at Five and all weekend.