2nd person in Saturday plane crash succumbs to injuries

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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)

Editor’s note: Holloway was originally identified as the pilot of the aircraft; however, authorities now say they are not certain yet which man was at the controls at the time of the crash.

SOUTH VINEMONT, Ala. – A second person has died following Saturday’s plane crash a half mile west of Cullman Regional Airport.

Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick on Sunday identified the first victim as John T. Sigman, Sr., 70, of Dyersburg, Tennessee. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Cullman Regional Airport General Manager Ben Harrison identified the second man as Frederick Dawson “Noah” Holloway of Cullman.

Holloway, 74, was critically injured and transported to an area hospital; however, Kilpatrick on Tuesday morning confirmed that Holloway succumbed to his injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identified the aircraft as a Piper PA-32. The plane went down in a wooded area and caught fire at approximately 6 p.m., 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.”

The crash is under investigation by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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