Skip to comments.Teenager loses both parents and five siblings in tragic Alabama plane crash
Posted on 07/11/2011 8:32:25 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
A family of seven on board a small plane were killed when it crashed in Alabama after an engine failed - leaving behind a 16-year-old daughter.
A couple and their five young children were returning to Florida from a family reunion in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday night when the crash happened, authorities said.
Fred and Terresa Teutenberg died, but her oldest child, Ashlei Bruewer, 16, was not on the plane.
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Prayers up for all.
My God. That poor girl. Pray for her.
Good folk are continually being killed in small plane crashes; but people keep flying in these death traps, thinking “it’s not gonna be me who dies.”
Prayers up for Ashlei.
Errrr... More folks die in their autos in one day than in a plane in a year.
My husband had always wanted to fly so a few years ago he took lessons got his license and was instrument rated. I went up with him one time and said no more. He flew alone for a year or so and then sold his plane and quit, he said it wasn’t any fun if I didn’t take trips with him.
Nice looking family, really sad.
That poor family and that poor girl. At times like this, it’s tempting to say “we have to do something”, such as, ban small children or whole families from flying in small aircraft, but families exactly like that took equal or far greater risks just being pioneers in this land at one point.
Indeed. At the end of this month Oshkosh will host the annual EAA fly in. The question always is how many pilots and their friends will be killed traveling to or from this air show? But, they keep coming.
My husband always says you should be wary about any hobby that has both the words Experimental and Aircraft in its title. LOL
Heartbreaking. RIP and they are now with the Lord.
Yep...probably a worse idea to have the whole family in a car. ya never know.
You still drive together in a car though, right?
In this case, the 16 yr old girl was the wife's daughter by a previous relationship or marriage. The five kids who died were the joint progeny of both this father and mother, so all the father's line was wiped out by one crash.
Those at the graduation gave him a standing ovation when he came up to accept his diploma. I understand another family took the boy in so he could still go to the same school.
Still, what a hard, hard thing to have to experience and imagine the guilt he carries with him unnecessarily.
More folks die in their autos in one day than in a plane in a year.Yes, but a lot more people drive cars than fly small planes. To make a more accurate comparison, one would have to take some kind of average, like, deaths per mile, or deaths per hour of travel.
It’s a shame they weren’t in that Cirrus SR22, because then they would have at least had the BRS to fall back on. Of course, there are not enough seats on the Cirrus for such a large family. I don’t know if there are any general aviation parachute equipped six-passenger aircraft.
Oh Dear God! This is awful.
Oh Dear God! This is awful.
The plane looks to be a Cirrus design. I believe they can be equipped with a ballistic parachute. Unfortunately, they function within certain parameters and if the aircraft is out of the ‘envelope’ they are merely useless ballast. Brutal news.
Tell me the pilot is not a doctor or dentist.
I read that a test pilot said, “the Piper Cub is the safest of all planes,,, It can just BARELY kill you”.
They were here (St. Louis) visiting family and this man’s father is a well known business man here in St. Louis. I feel badly for him also losing his son, DIL and all those grandbabies.
Here’s the deal.. .when I have a “engine failure” in my car. . .I just pull over and call for a tow. In a plane. . it’s “Mayday. . Mayday.” Flying is much more risky because the consequences resulting from mechanical failures. . .Murphy rules the air. Very few fender benders in the air.
LOL! My brother in law took up flying and he had to land on a highway. I don’t think he even flies commercial anymore.
Wow. What a horrible tragedy. So sad for the young woman left behind. I will pray for her to be strong and one day take comfort in the memories and life she shared with her family. Amen. :(
I was in Beaver County that day at my in-laws. I'll never forget it. And the backstory on how that particular family wound up on Flight #427 is one of those "holy cow" moments involving such trivia as soccer practice, a TV show taping and available seating on the plane. Just a gut wrenching story even to this day.
Depends. Here in Columbus two weeks ago, a doctor and his wife were killed in a Cirrus. The parachute system couldn't help them at low altitude where the trouble appears to have occurred.
A Cub's stall speed is about 33 knots or 38 mph dirty. That's just about half the speed of the Cirrus. Injuries likely? Yes. But, a chance to live another day is possible depending on the many variables acting upon the a/c at impact.
The Cirrus pilot would have had to put the nose down if he lost an engine in order to maintain airspeed. The prospect of
eventually immediately flying into trees as one tries to maintain control is an awful option in 'trying' to keep a bird flying.
Out of air, out of time, out of envelope.
Self correction: missed the image of the 421 and drew the wrong conclusion as to the actual a/c involved.
Self correction: a/c was a 421, not a Cirrus as stated.
I am a General Avaition pilot with over 12,000 hours, Multi engine, instrument rated, CFII, Commercial, 1200 hrs turbine time. You are 2200 times more likely to be killed in a car than a small plane. Now there are stupid people that shouldn’t be flying, BUT (as in gun control) It ain’t the instrument that is bad, it is the user.
It was a 1978 Cessna 421C according to the article.
Lost the right engine at cruise, and crashed into a stand of trees on approach to land.
The pics at the URL are just heart breaking.
Engine out on a twin. Enough power left to get to the scene of the crash.
>>> Engine out on a twin. Enough power left to get to the scene of the crash. <<< Cannot think of a more true axiom.
>>> Lost the right engine at cruise, and crashed into a stand of trees on approach to land. <<<
There’s been many a pilot killed trying to make it to the airfield, instead of landing in a field.
“but people keep flying in these death traps”
What an ignorant statement.
Private pilots fly many hundreds of thousands of hours in the U.S. every year with very few fatalities.
You are at greater risk in a car.
Is this going to be another ‘doctor killer’ story?
It will be interesting to see how many hours of twin time the deceased had, and perhaps more telling how many hours of (an) engine out training he had.
Murphy never sleeps.
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