Downed plane fragmented, spread over wide area

The small aircraft that crashed yesterday in Seale, Ala., was badly fragmented and spread over a large area, an official with the National Transportation Safety Board said today.

The plane, which was described as “home built” by NTSB Senior Transportation Official Brian Rayner, went down about noon yesterday on private property off Old Seale Road near Russell County High School. Two people on board were killed, but their identities have not been released.

Rayner said a press conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today, at which more information will be released,

The NTSB is looking into possible weather or radar issues and is looking for potential witnesses, Rayner said.

The airplane reportedly left Lebanon, Tenn., about 10 a.m. CDT yesterday, bound for Eufaula.