2 reported dead after small plane crashes in south Alabama

July 29, 2020 GMT

STAPLETON, Ala. (AP) — Two people were killed when a small airplane crashed in woods near the coast in south Alabama, authorities said.

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office posted on social media that an aircraft went down Tuesday night near Stapleton. News outlets reported that it took crews a couple hours to reach the crash site, and that two people died.

The Baldwin County Coroner’s Office identified one of the victims as Timothy Ray Rhodes, 65, of Florence, but the other person’s name wasn’t released immediately. Federal investigators will determine the cause of the crash, in which no one survived.


A flight tracking website showed the airplane took off from Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores minutes before it went down in a wooded area. The plane had flown to the coast from the airport in Muscle Shoals on Sunday.