2 active duty Navy pilots killed in Dallas County plane crash

2 active duty Navy pilots killed in Dallas County plane crash
According to Kathleen Bergen with FAA, a Piper PA-32 crashed two miles southwest of Craig Field at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday. Two active duty Navy pilots have since been identified as victims. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

DALLAS COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - A Wednesday afternoon plane crash in rural Dallas County involved two fatalities, not one, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.

The reason for the initial discrepancy in the number of victims was not immediately clear.

The victims are being identified as Joshua Fuller and Vincent Segars, both active duty Navy pilots, according to Dallas County authorities.

The small plane the men were flying in crashed off Dallas County Road 138 near the J.B. Hain farming community. Kathleen Bergen with the Federal Aviation Administration said the plane, a Piper PA-32, crashed two miles southwest of Craig Field around 4:40 p.m.

The pilots took off from Jasper, Alabama, headed to south to Pensacola Naval Air Station when they apparently encountered engine trouble.

The plane, according to Dallas County sheriff Mike Granthum, belonged to Fuller.

Bergen said the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, will determine the probable cause of the crash.

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