NTSB: no distress signal from pilot in East Lake crash

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot of a plane that crashed in East Lake did not make a distress call before he crashed and died.

The NTSB says the pilot calmly told the tower, that he was going to land at the Birmingham Airport instead of Shelby County because of the fog.

Neighbors in East Lake say they have feared something like this would happen for years.

"The guy is a hero. He missed houses. It could've been a whole lot different and a whole lot more traumatic than it is," said witness Reginald Smith.

"It was just scary," said April Pierce. "It could've hit any of these houses, our house. I have 2 babies"
The identity of the pilot has not been released yet. A full investigation into the crash will take up to six months.

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