NTSB: Plane lost fuel pumps before Alabama crash, killing 6, Poverty simulation in Tuscaloosa

Aug 25, 2016

Federal aviation investigators say a pilot told air traffic controllers that fuel pumps aboard the plane were failing before it plunged to the ground and caught fire near Tuscaloosa, killing six people from Mississippi.

A preliminary report on the crash released this morning by the National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot reported one fuel pump failure.  After that, when he was a few miles from Tuscaloosa's airport, reported that the plane lost "the other fuel pump."

The twin-engine Piper struck trees near the Tuscaloosa suburb of Northport as it attempted to land at Tuscaloosa's airport Aug. 14.

Authorities say the six people killed were flying to Oxford, Mississippi, where they were from, before trying to land in Alabama because of the emergency.

The NTSB is continuing to investigate.

An event this afternoon will give a few Tuscaloosa citizens the chance to learn what life is like for people living in poverty.

Alabama Possible and the United Way of West Alabama are teaming up to host a poverty simulation. Participants will be assigned to a family and go through four simulated weeks at an income at the poverty line or below. The families will face real-life problems encountered by those living with disabilities or getting by on social security on welfare.

Kristina Scott is the executive director of Alabama Possible. She says going through the simulation can change the way people think about poverty…

 “That’s a real opportunity for participants to take a step back and the next time before they say ‘Why don’t people just get a job?’ or, you know ‘What’s wrong with these parents? They aren’t spending any time with their kids?’ that they’ll be able to call back to that experience.”

The simulation will be held from two to five this afternoon at the McAbee Activity Center in Tuscaloosa.

The Women’s Business Center of North Alabama is hosting a workshop for small business owners hoping to apply for government contracts.

The ChallengeHER event will take place in Huntsville as one of fifteen nationally. The event is gear toward female business owners, but men can join in. 

Lin Stuart is the director of programs and education for Women Impacting Public Policy. She says Huntsville was chosen as a location for a variety of reasons…

“It’s a great buying center. There’s a lot of buying that takes place in the area. We also had a very willing partner, the Women’s Business Center. These things only happen with local participation, and the Women’s Business Center stepped right up and said ‘Here, come to Huntsville!’”

The workshop will take place at the Redstone Federal Credit Union in Huntsville.