Victim identified in Lauderdale county plane crash

Updated: Oct. 8, 2020 at 7:03 AM CDT
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WATERLOO, Ala. (WAFF) - Update (9 a.m.): The 69-year-old victim in Wednesday’s plane crash has been identified.

Jerel Zarestky was killed when his plane went down in Waterloo on October 7.

WAFF will continue to update this story as new details emerge.

UPDATE (7 a.m.): The investigation continues into a deadly plane crash Wednesday in Waterloo.

Waterloo fire Chief Ted Kavich says the plane crashed near the Carson Road area.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office told WAFF the victim was a 69-year-old white male who was traveling from Dallas to Knoxville. When the man did not arrive to Knoxville on time, officials started pinging his cellphone.

A helicopter located the plane around 11:30 p.m. in the Waterloo area.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Waterloo Fire Department, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office and EMA were all on the scene. Some crews will be staying on scene all day continuing to address the crash scene.

ORIGINAL: Authorities are searching for a possible plane that crashed in Lauderdale County.

According to Fire Chief Ted Kavich, Lauderdale County 911 received a phone call about the plane at about 8:45 p.m. Emergency officials are searching the west side of Lauderdale 105 between Panther Creek and the lake.

Units are on the scene with ATV’s searching the area. Kavich said the state police are getting a helicopter to aid in the search, and there is also another aircraft in the area searching.

Officials say they do not have any other details on the plane other than it was coming from Texas.

No further information is available at this time.

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