Jonesboro-Bound Plane Crashes in Alabama; Pilot Killed

September 13, 2007--Posted at 11:05 pm CDT, updated at 6:31 a.m. 9/14/07, updated at 8:07 a.m. on 9/14/07

Jonesboro - A Jonesboro-based airplane has crashed in a wooded area near the small town of Bellamy, Alabama, killing a local pilot.  The plane went down at around 4:30 p.m yesterday in a rural, wooded area near the Alabama-Mississippi state line, after being reported missing by the Meridian, MS airport.

The Piper Saratoga aircraft was headed back to Jonesboro from Gulf Shores, AL, and was piloted by Nate Stallings of Jonesboro.  Sumter County (AL) Coroner Terry Peeler said Stallings' body was found near the aircraft's fuselage and wings, which were found approximately 500 yards apart at approximately 2 a.m. this morning.  Peeler said inclement weather was in the area at the time, and may have been a factor in the crash.

Vick Ditta (Ditta Aviation) of Jonesboro owns the plane, but a source says he was not on board the aircraft.

K8 News will have more on this story tonight on K8 News at 5:00 and 6:00.