A teen pilot and two friends perished in a plane crash in Alabama this week. Seventeen year old Jordan Smith was flying the plane, a plane that he had piloted several times, on Tuesday night when he crashed less than a mile from the Walker County Airport in Jasper, Alaska. Smith’s mother, Sherrie stated that Jordan had flown the plane several times and the owner of the plane had given Jordan his own key to the aircraft. Jordan was one test short of achieving his pilot’s license.
Jordan and his friends left the house around 6 p.m. to meet friends near the airport and departed around 10:30 p.m. National news reported that the teens had stolen the plane and were “joyriding” around in it, but according to those close to Jordan, that is not the case. Regardless, according to airport manager, “It was a student pilot flying an airplane without permission, an airplane that he was not qualified to fly at night.”
Jordan’s friends Tyler Ary and Jordan Seth Montgomery perished in the crash. The plane went down in a “wooded, swampy area” near a farm that training flights routinely circled. “It’s just three kids making a wrong decision,” one neighbor stated.
Mom: Boy didn’t steal plane in crash, www.miamiherald.com January 02, 2013
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