Plane Crash Victims Identified

SEALE, Ala. (WSFA) - Russell County investigators along with the Federal Aviation Administration spent Tuesday sifting through the wreckage of a small plane that crashed Monday afternoon killing both people on board.

Now, the identities of the victims are being released. The pilot was positively indentified as Hamilton Cartwright of Old Hickory, Tennessee and the passenger as Robert Lloyd of Franklin, Tennessee.

The plane was a single engine 2006 RV-10 kit plane. It's a type of plane that can be built from home.

Emergency crews, including at least four ground teams and one aircraft from the Alabama Civil Air Patrol scoured Russell County searching for the plane.

The Civil Air Patrol was called in around 2pm Monday after the plane reportedly attempted to divert to Columbus, Georgia and then made another attemp to divert to Auburn-Opelika. Radio and radar contact stopped around 12:30pm.

Investigators are looking at the plane's final communications with air traffic controllers to try and determine what happened.

The National Transportation Safety Board says an investigation like this can take up to a year to complete.