DEMOPOLIS, AL (WSFA) - Recovery authorities allowed a WSFA 12 News crew to visit the wreck site Monday of an airplane on which a family of seven died over the weekend.
The charred plane continues to sit on the ground where it came to rest after crashing Saturday night. The only recognizable pieces are wheels and the crumpled portion of the fuselage bearing the plane's identification number. Authorities expect to move the wreckage Tuesday.
The twin-engine airplane was carrying 7 members of the Teutenberg family of Destin, Florida home from a family reunion in Missouri when it fell below radar late Saturday outside Demopolis in west Alabama.
Marengo County Coroner Stuart Harold Eatmon said Fred Teutenberg, 42, and his wife Terresa, who was in her mid-30s, and their children Emma, 2, Peyton, 4, Ellie, 6, Brendon, 9, and Will, 10 were all killed in the crash.
Officials said the family was flying home that night so they could make it to church the next day.
Eatmon said the victims' remains were sent to the state's forensics science division for positive identification as the wreckage was heavily burned.
A photo obtained by the Northwest Florida Daily News shows the Teutenberg family with 8 members, including 16-year-old Ashlei Bruewer, who was not on the plane. Bruewer is Mrs. Teutenberg's oldest child from a previous marriage.
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Eatmon said the family, involved in their local church, was returning home to Destin, Florida from a family reunion in Missouri when the crash occurred. They departed on Saturday in hopes of making it home in time to attend Sunday services.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane crashed just west of Demoplis Saturday evening. FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker said the pilot diverted to Demopolis Regional Airport for an emergency landing but crashed approximately two miles out from the runway. The plane apparently suffered engine trouble before the crash.
A search for the plane started Saturday evening. Baker said the wreckage was located at 2:15am Sunday in a remote section of woods. Coroner Eatmon said the plane was found upside-down and with a wing broken off.
The plane, a Cessna C421, was manufactured in 1978 according to the FAA Registry and was registered to Fred Teutenberg's company, Advanced Integrated Technology Solutions based out of Niceville, Florida. Associated Press attempts to reach the company for comment were unsuccessful.
Teutenberg's father, Fred Sr. told Eatmon after the crash that he'd been asking his son to buy a newer plane if he was going to fly with his family. "He told his dad the plane had two new engines," Eatmon said.
Terresa Teutenberg owned Discovery Learning Academy in Bluewater Bay. "She was an excellent leader and role model. Her work within the school and the community will be greatly missed," the academy said in a statement issued Sunday.
The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.