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Six People Killed in Small Plane Crash Near Tuscaloosa, Alabama

All six people on board died when their small plane crashed Sunday near Tuscaloosa, Ala., police told NBC News.

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The plane crashed at midday Sunday a few miles north of Tuscaloosa, Ala., authorities said. NBC News

The plane, en route from Kissimmee, Fla., to Oxford, Miss., went down 11 miles north of Tuscaloosa, in the western part of the state, after the pilot reported engine problems, police said.

Flight trackers showed that the only flight Sunday from Kississimmee to Oxford, a Piper PA 31-A registered to a Mississippi company, took off at 9:55 a.m. and didn't arrive as scheduled in Oxford after it was diverted to Tuscaloosa about 11:25 a.m. (12:25 p.m. ET).

No further details were released, including the identities of the passengers. But Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant indicated in a statement that all were from Mississippi.

IMAGE: Alabama plane crash scene
Authorities at the scene of a plane crash Sunday across from Tuscaloosa Regional Airport in Alabama. AP