Three married couples killed in the crash of a small airplane in Alabama all lived in the university town of Oxford, Mississippi, where city flags were lowered Monday as residents grappled with the loss of so many lives at one time. "I don't even know what to say," said Oxford Mayor George "Pat" Patterson. Friends, relatives, and officials identified the dead as dentists Jason Farese and Lea Farese; dentist Michael Perry and his wife, Kim Perry, a nurse practitioner at the University of Mississippi; and dentist Austin Poole and his wife, Angie Poole. The three couples were parents of 11 children total, reports the AP.
The plane went down while the six were returning home to the city of 19,000 following a dental seminar in central Florida. The FAA said a twin-engine Piper carrying the six left Kissimmee, Florida, and crashed while trying to land in Tuscaloosa on Sunday morning. Police there said the aircraft had engine problems, but further details were not available. Jason Farese was a private pilot first certified in 2004, and the plane was registered to a company that shares an address with his Oxford dental office, FAA records showed. The practice's website said both Jason and Lea Farese were graduates of the Ole Miss dentistry school and had three children, as did the Perrys. Austin and Angie Poole were parents to five.