New information released by Air Traffic Control revealed the last words they heard from the husband and father who was piloting a private plane that crashed in Alabama, killing everyone on board in March.
The last thing ATC heard Joseph Crenshaw, 45, say was ‘I’m doing the best I can,’ before radio contact was lost, according to a preliminary report provided to ABC 3340’s Amber Grigley on Thursday.
In addition to Joseph Crenshaw, the others that died in the crash on March 25 were his children, Jillian Celeste Crenshaw, 14, and 16-year-old Jacob Addison Crenshaw, 16, and wife, Jennifer Dawn Crenshaw, 43.
Joseph Crenshaw was piloting a flight back to Jackson, Tennessee from a spring break trip to Disney World in Florida when ATC alerted him to moderate to extreme precipitation and asked him to deviate from his route.
Crenshaw told ATC that he would change to whatever route the controller thought would be quickest across the inclement weather, according to ABC.
But there were no better route options available, the controller told Crenshaw, ABC reported.
Joseph Crenshaw was instructed to maintain at his current elevation of 12,000 feet, as the plane started to descend.
The tower then advised him that he could avoid the weather by turning to the east or southeast.
The plane continued to descend through 5,800 feet as he tried to deviate from his set course. The controlled then told him to check his altitude.
That’s when Joseph Crenshaw said his last words to ATC and the radio went silent.
Officials said it seemed as though the plane fell apart while still in the air, according to Fox News.
‘It spun around one good time and then took a nosedive down,’ witness Brittany Reno said. ‘The wing came down over us and then the wind carried it over into the field.’
Debris from the Cessna 210 plane debris landed in five different sites.
It has been recovered from the locations and will be examined further.