That call came in when the Piper PA-46 was about 35 miles southwest of Birmingham, Alabama. Controllers tried to tell the pilot to divert the flight to Pell City, Alabama, but he did not respond. The plane appeared to have been put on autopilot around 2,000 feet, Haines said.
Military jets were sent to intercept the plane. They fired flares and noticed that the plane had gone down, at about 9:15 CT near Blackwater River in East Milton, Florida. The aircraft was lying upside down, its door open and the cockpit empty, said Haines.
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