Seven family members die in Alabama plane crash

Reuters News
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Posted: Jul 11, 2011 11:48 AM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) - Investigators on Monday were at the site of a small plane crash in western Alabama, where seven family members died returning home from a family reunion.

The plane crashed in a densely wooded area of Demopolis at 6:35 p.m. local time on Saturday, said National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Nicholas Worrell.

The crash site is accessible only by all-terrain vehicle, Worrell said.

"It's been difficult to speak with investigators because the plane is about four miles into the woods, and cell phone communications are difficult," Worrell said.

(Reporting by Peggy Gargis; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Jerry Norton)