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Two Memphians dead in Alabama plane crash

Police said the plane was attempting to land, but fell short of the runway. Police said the plane was attempting to land, but fell short of the runway.

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WMC-TV) - Two people from Memphis died Monday night following a plane crash at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport.

Capt. Lloyd Baker, commander of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit, said a man and a woman were killed when a 2005 Cessna Cirrus crashed just short of the runway.

Baker said Tuesday the plane was en route to Memphis from Miami on a flight that originated in the Dominican Republic. He said the victims were stopping in Tuscaloosa to have dinner with the woman's daughter. Family members said the couple was on a 10-day trip, which also included a stop in New Orleans.

Police said the plane was attempting to land, but fell short of the runway.

Killed in the crash were Mark Yellen, 41, and Paula Moffett, 56, both of Memphis.

Moffett, who was born and raised in Memphis, worked for 8 years as a pulmonary doctor at St. Jude.  Then, she returned to school to get a degree in anesthesiology.

Yellen, who was originally from New York, made his home in Memphis.  According to his website, he operated several real estate and development companies, both in the Dominican Republic and the United States.  His resume said he was a certified scuba diver, a licensed private pilot, and a world traveler, who visited more the 226 cities worldwide.

The NTSB is at the scene today investigating the crash.  Baker said the airport will remain closed until the wreckage is cleared.

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