Calhoun County plane crash victim was ‘a rising star’

Stefanie Fasselin was remembered for her nine years with Delta Airlines.

Delta Airlines paid tribute today to a woman who died Saturday night in a plane crash in Calhoun County.

Stefanie Fasselin, 27, of Peachtree City, Ga., was killed when a private, single-engine Beech BE-35 crashed in the Whites Gap area near Scotty Lane around Jacksonville about 8:05 p.m. Fasselin was a passenger on the plane, piloted by her father, who was injured.

The father’s name has not been released, and his condition is unavailable. He was carried to Huntsville Hospital.

The crash, which apparently happened after the plane developed engine trouble, is currently under investigation. According to National Transportation Safety Board Spokesman Keith Holloway, the pilot/owner was flying from Hartselle to Peachtree City, Ga. on a visual flight rules trip. At 5,500 feet, he reported engine problems and turned the aircraft in a northwesterly heading before performing a forced landing.

The plane collided with trees, then the ground. A fire that erupted from the crash consumed about 80 percent of the wreckage, he said.

"The wreckage is in the process of being recovered and sent to Griffin, Ga.," Holloway said.

NTSB investigating crash of a BE-33/A airplane in Jacksonville, AL.

— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) May 13, 2018

Fasselin was a graduate of Brigham Young University and held an MBA from the University of Georgia. She had previously worked in Utah and began with Delta Airlines in 2009, working her way up from customer service to becoming a communications manager.

Her father, as well as her husband, worked for the company, according to Delta.

"The Delta family is heartbroken to hear of the passing of one of its own. Stefanie was a rising star and an integral part of our team at the Atlanta airport, managing communications and employee engagement," the company said in a statement. "She will be missed by all that knew her. Our deepest condolences are with her father and husband, who are also members of the Delta family, as well as all of her loved ones during this difficult time."

This post was updated at 3:39 p.m. May 14 to add additional information from the NTSB.

Sen. Doug Jones (AL.com file)

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