FAA: Teen broke rules with late-night plane flight

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Associated Press

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 3 at 3:33 PM

JASPER, Ala. (AP) — MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Federal authorities say a student pilot wasn't following regulations when he took off with two friends on a late-night flight that crashed in north Alabama and killed everyone aboard.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that 17-year-old Jordan Ryan Smith of Jasper had a student pilot certificate.

Regulations say a student pilot may not act as a pilot in command of an aircraft carrying a passenger. Pilots must also have a multi-engine rating to fly a twin-engine plane like the Piper PA 30 that crashed Tuesday night.

Also killed in the crash were 17-year-old Jordan Seth Montgomery and 19-year-old Brandon Tyler Ary, both of Arley.

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