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Former Vandy Player Killed In Ala. Plane Crash

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Posted at 8:51 AM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 12:23:41-04

One of the six people killed in a fiery plane crash in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was a former Vanderbilt University baseball player.

Memphis defense attorney Steve Farese said his nephew Dr. Jason Farese and his wife, Dr. Lea Farese, were aboard the plane that crashed Sunday morning. Both were dentists in Oxford, Mississippi.

Farese said the couple's three children were not aboard the flight and were staying with friends.

Dr. Jason Farese played for the Commodores from 1994 to 1997.

The aircraft was headed from Florida to Mississippi when the pilot sent out a distress signal near Tuscaloosa. It crashed before making it to the airport.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon told a news conference that a pilot issued a distress signal around 11:10 a.m. Sunday, and the aircraft crashed while attempting to land. Authorities say all six people on board the aircraft were killed.