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Family of four killed in plane crash on their way back home from a dream holiday.

Jennifer, Joseph, Jillian and Jacob Crenshaw were returning from a family holiday to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, when the light plane they were travelling home in crashed.

Their plane took off from Kissimemee, Florida at 12:52 pm on Saturday, before the plane crashed around 2:30 pm over Alabama.

Jennifer, 43, Joseph, 45, and their two children, 16-year-old Jacob and 14-year-old Jillian, were killed in the crash.

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The Crenshaw family. Image via Facebook.

"The relatives are grief stricken and in shock," the family said in a statement to ABC National News.

"They are a prominent family in Jackson Tennessee with roots that go back to the revolutionary war."

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The National Transportation Safety Board have not yet determined what caused the accident, but preliminary reports suggest the family's plane came apart in the sky while flying at a lower altitude.

PEOPLE reports witnesses saw debris falling out of the sky, with the crash site stretching across five fields.

A local resident, Charles Cullwell, told WIAT that parts of the plane landed on his property.

"It is a mess, it's a rubble of tin, and you cannot tell it's a plane," he said.

Another witness said she saw the plane as it was falling from the sky.

"It spun around and took a nose dive down the wing came down over us the wind carried it over into the field," Brittany Reno said.

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Air traffic controllers said they received a 'may day' call at around 2:34pm.

The University School of Jackson, where both Jillian and Jacob were students, posted a tribute on Facebook to the family.

"Our school community is grieving the heartbreaking loss of the Crenshaw family," the school wrote.

"Yesterday, we lost 10th-grade student Jacob and 8th grader Jillian, along with their parents Joseph and Jennifer, in an accident as they were returning from a spring break trip to Florida.

"At USJ, we are a family, and we will bear this burden together. We ask that you make us aware of any needs you or your children may have during this time of grief."