DEMOPOLIS, Ala. (AP) -- A family of seven was killed when their small plane crashed in western Alabama as they were returning from a family reunion in St. Louis.
The couple and their five children were flying back to Florida from St. Louis when the crash happened Saturday night, Marengo County Coroner Stuart Eatmon said.
They tried landing the Cessna C421 at an airport in Demopolis after it lost its right engine, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker said in an email. The plane crashed in a densely wooded area near the airport.
Eatmon identified the dead as: Fred Teutenberg, 42; his wife, Terresa, who was in her mid-30s; their daughters Emma, 2, and Ellie, 6; their sons Peyton, 4, Brendon, 9, and Will, 10. They are from the Destin, Fla., area.
Terresa Teutenberg's oldest child, Ashlei Bruewer, 16, was not on the plane, Eatmon said.
The coroner said relatives told him the family was flying back Saturday so they could make it to church the next day.
The plane was found upside-down and a wing had broken off, apparently as it crashed into trees, Eatmon said. Searchers located it early Sunday.
FAA records show the plane was built in 1978. It was registered to Advanced Integrated Technology Solutions LLC in Niceville, Fla., Fred Teutenberg's company. A message left seeking comment from the company wasn't immediately returned.
Terresa Teutenberg owned Discovery Learning Academy in Bluewater Bay.
"She was an excellent leader and role model. Her work within the school and the community will be greatly missed," the academy said in a statement.
Friends of Fred and Terresa Teutenberg say the family was known throughout the town of Niceville through soccer, the Methodist church, their involvement in the church band, and volunteer work.
Friends told The Northwest Florida Daily News that Fred Teutenberg did volunteer work and played bass guitar every Sunday with the church band at First United Methodist Church of Niceville.
"He not only played with our band, he played with other church bands elsewhere," said Bob Webb, a friend and member of the church. "He told me one time he even toured a while. So he had a lot of interests."
Eatmon, the coroner, spoke to Fred Teutenberg's father after the crash. Fred Sr. said he had been telling his son to buy a newer plane if he was going to fly with his family, Eatmon said.
"He told his dad the plane had two new engines," Eatmon said.
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