At 18:40 central time, a Cessna 421 collided with the southeast bank of Choccolocco Creek near Munford while maneuvering for a visual landing. The pilot and four passengers were killed. At 18:16, the pilot told the controller he intended to shoot the ILS to Anniston, Ala. He was issued radar vectors for the seven-mile arc. At 18:34:11, the pilot canceled his instrument flight plan and told the controller that he was below the weather and would be going to Talladega, so radar service was terminated. Eight minutes later a resident near the accident site heard what was described as a loud boom and found the downed airplane.