The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will respond to the scene of a deadly small plane crash that happened Monday night in Etowah County.

Sheriff Jonathon Horton told news outlets the crash happened around 6 p.m. in the area of Rocky Hollow Cutoff Road and Lemons Hollow Road, between Steele and Atalla. Horton asked everyone to avoid the area until further notice.

According to reports from the FAA, the single-engine Piper PA-32R went down close to the Northeast Alabama Regional Airport in Gadsden.

It is believed only the pilot was on board, and the pilot is presumed dead.

People nearby reported hearing an explosion and then seeing a large fire. The fire has been contained, but first responders from multiple agencies are expected to remain on the scene.

The cause of the crash will be determined following an investigation by the FAA and the NTSB.

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