(Update) Victim, injured pilot named in Cullman County plane crash

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Cullman Regional Airport General Manager Ben Harrison, left, and Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick, right, addressed the media Sunday regarding Saturday night's plane crash near the airfield. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

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SOUTH VINEMONT, Ala. – One person was killed and another critically injured in a plane crash a half mile west of Cullman Regional Airport at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday.

Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick on Sunday identified the victim, who was the passenger, as John T. Sigman, Sr., 70, of Dyersburg, Tennessee.

“The family said he was coming down here looking to purchase that aircraft,” said Kilpatrick, who said the body has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.

Cullman Regional Airport General Manager Ben Harrison identified the injured party, the pilot, as Frederick Dawson “Noah” Holloway, local to the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has identified the aircraft as a Piper PA-32. The plane went down in a wooded area and caught fire, according to a statement from the FAA.

Said Harrison, “I can’t thank the responding agencies enough. Vinemont Fire, West Point Fire, Cullman Fire, all of them did a great job helping. Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and Cullman Police Department, Cullman EMS and Cullman EMA, along with Air Evac, State Troopers, Cullman County Coroner…the FAA was here last night, and then our airport staff. Everyone did exactly what they were supposed to do to start the chain of events as we work through this investigation.”

Harrison said it will be late Sunday or even Monday before more information can be released.

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