FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) - FOX10 News has learned the student pilot involved in Monday’s plane crash at Foley Municipal Airport has died. His instructor, identified as Jessica Pohlman, is in serious condition, according to University Hospital in Mobile.
The news was confirmed by Ken Grimes, who knows Pohlman from her time interning with the City of Orange Beach. Grimes, the city administrator, has been communicating with the Pohlman family.
The FAA and NTSB are investigating Monday’s crash, which happened as Pohlman and her student were practicing landing and taking off. The Foley Fire Department immediately said the two victims’ injuries were significant.
Fire officials have not released the conditions or identities of the two occupants, as the investigation is being conducted by the FAA.
Pohlman, who works for Lightning Aviation, is described by Grimes as a positive, radiant and fearless person who could light up a room. Her family released this statement on Facebook:
“Friends, family, and loved ones, we appreciate all the love, support, and most importantly the prayers over the past few unbelievable difficult days. Our beautiful daughter, Jessica, is in extremely critical condition. We are still keeping the best outlook that we can, but the severe trauma caused by the accident was worse than originally expected. We ask that you respect our privacy, and give us space to deal with this unimaginably difficult time. The outpour of thoughts and prayers have been so profound, we have no words for our gratitude. We can feel your love and support, and we know that Jessica can feel it too. So, we only ask you to continue sending your prayers."