Oak Ridge man killed in Alabama plane crash


WATERLOO, Ala. (WHNT) — Lauderdale County authorities say an Oak Ridge man is dead after a plane crashed near a wildlife management area in North Alabama.

Jerel Zarestky, 69, was killed when the single engine plane he was flying crashed.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call from Tennessee law enforcement saying the cellphone signal from a pilot headed back to East Tennessee had been located in western Lauderdale County.

Crews then searched near County Road 105 and County Road 3 in the Waterloo area, near the Lauderdale County Wildlife Management Area.

An ALEA helicopter found the plane around midnight Wednesday.

Law enforcement officials said Zarestky was alone on his way home from Dallas in a two-seat private plane.

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