No further information on the victims was initially released because it had not been 24 hours since their next of kin were notified, Naval Education and Training Command spokesman Cmdr. James Stockman told AL.com. However, the victims were later identified as Navy pilots Capt. Vincent Segars and Cmdr. Joshua Fuller. The two were assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola.
The crash happened at 4:37 p.m. Wednesday in a rural, remote Dallas County area five miles south of Selma, according to Dallas County Coroner Alan Dailey.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Piper PA-32 crashed two miles southwest of Craig Field. Two people were on board the aircraft, but the coroner would only confirm at the time it was fatal.
The FAA responded to the scene and will release the aircraft registration information at the appropriate time, Bergen said. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.
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