Florence residents killed in Alabama plane crash

Florence residents killed in Alabama plane crash

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Calli and Allan Campbell Calli and Allan Campbell
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We've learned the two people killed this weekend in an Alabama plane crash are from Rankin County. They've been identified as Calli and Allan Campbell of Florence.

Their family and friends can't believe they're gone.

"I was texting Calli, sending her pictures and stuff. She wasn't responding, so I knew something was up," says Kelli Ann Fayette. "I went to the computer, and I pulled it up. Of course, there it was, all over her page that she had been killed in a plane crash. I just can't get my head around the fact she's gone."

Fayette and Calli were best friends.

"She was like a sister to me. We always joked because my name is Kelli, hers is Calli, and everybody always called us the 'trouble twins.'"

She says Allan and Calli had been together for years, but just celebrated their first wedding anniversary in December. Each already had two children. Their families became one.

"Her daughter just had a baby a few months ago, so she was a new grandmother," says Fayette. "She was so excited to be a grandmother."

Fayette will miss her friend terribly.

"She was a good person, loved her friends and family dearly. If she was your friend, you had a good one," says Fayette.

Calli Campbell's brother, Steve Miller, tells us: "My sister was an amazing person whose happiness revolved around others being happy. She was always the person that the family always went to in a time of need, regardless of the situation. She was very kind and loving. Allan, as well, was a great person. He would do anything for anybody."

Several agencies are on the ground in Alabama investigating.

"The airplane is literally fragmented. There's pieces scattered over 100 yards, so we just started the process of trying to identify parts, reconstruct it and lay it out and see if we're missing anything on the airplane," says Tim Monville from the NTSB. "As part of the investigation, we'll be getting voice tapes, radar data, and we hope to have them in two-to-three days."

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Cessna 210 airplane they were flying in lost contact with the control tower at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport around 10:20 Friday night. The flight took off earlier in the evening from the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport.

Officials say instead of immediately landing, the plane was asked to circle the airport due to inclement weather in Birmingham Friday night. That's when the control tower lost contract with the small plane.

Around 2:30 Saturday afternoon, a search crew found a debris field in Trussville, Alabama where the plane crashed.

The crash is under investigation.

We invite you to tune in to News Channel 12 Sunday evening at 5:30 and 10:00. We'll be speaking with folks who knew Calli and Allan Campbell.

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