JASPER, Ala. (January 4, 2013)-- A small plane that crashed on New Year’s Day in Jasper, Ala., killing three teenagers wasn't currently registered to fly, Federal Aviation Administration records show.
FAA records show HiFlight Aviation of Jasper bought the plane in May 2010 and applied for registration, but the application was returned to HiFlight in June 2010 for correction.
The FAA received no response and canceled the registration.
State business records show HiFlight was organized in Jasper in 2010.
A phone number provided by the company at the time of registration is no longer active.
The plane crash on Tuesday night killed student pilot Jordan Smith, 17, and his friends, Jordan Montgomery, 17, and Brandon Ary, 19.
The FAA said earlier that its regulations prohibit student pilots from taking up passengers.