Crews try to remove wreckage from plane crash site near Trussvil - WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

Crews try to remove wreckage from plane crash site near Trussville

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL - The wreckage from a fatal plane crash in Jefferson County continues to  be examined by government aviation investigators.

The small plane crashed Friday night in a ravine near Trussville between "Echo Lake" and the "Lake in the Woods." Allan and Cali Campbell of Florence, Mississippi died in that crash.

An aircraft removal crew arrived on the scene today to try and retrieve what remains of the Cessna 210 aircraft. Because of where the crash site is located, the team is having a hard time removing the plane.

"They've got some obstacles. The terrain is steep. There's a down slope and an up slope; steep both directions,” describes NTSB investigator, Tim Monville. “And, it's going to take a while because you can't get the equipment in close proximity, so there's a lot of distance between the wreckage and he equipment."

Also Monday, Alabama’s 13 was able to get a copy of the recording between the pilot, Allan Campbell, and the air traffic control tower at the Birmingham airport.

In the audio recording courtesy of, you can hear the control tower operator and Campbell make contact. And as the recording progresses, you can hear where the control tower loses contact with the aircraft.

Now the NTSB and FAA are working to figure out what caused this plane to go down Friday night.

Investigators will likely spend one more day out at the crash site. But after that, Monville says there’s still a long way to go in the investigation.

"Just because we're not here we still have more to investigate; again, pilot training, pilot records, aircraft, weather. We're still waiting on autopsy and toxicology, that kind of thing," said Monville.

The aircraft removal crew will spend several more days out at the crash site trying to retrieve the aircraft.

Meanwhile, we now know why Allan and Callie Campbell were flying into Birmingham. Monville confirmed Monday that the couple was delivering vials of blood from Jackson, Mississippi. According to Monville, two vials of blood were found in tact and sealed in the wreckage.

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