May 16, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
Early Monday morning, a plane crashed in Tupelo, Mississippi killing four people, according to officials.
Lee Smithson, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director, claimed that it was a private plane — a Beech BE36 — with four passengers. The crash occurred just north of Tupelo Regional Airport near Colonial Estates Road. The Federal Aviation Agency says the crash occurred at roughly 8:32 a.m. and just prior to the crash, the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.
Not many details were released, but Carolyn Green, the Lee County coroner, labeled the site of the accident a “severe crash area.” Reports state that the plane burned in the field on impact and it was located just six minutes after the first report of the accident. Northeast Mississippi Medical Center and Tupelo fire also responded.
On Sunday morning, a Beechcraft Bonanza matching the description of the crashed plane arrived at the Tupelo Airport. It was registered from Kerrville, Texas. Flight Aware shows that six seater taking off from Kerrville Municipal Airport on Sunday morning, landing at Tupelo Regional Airport just over three hours later, and being scheduled to take off at 8:30 on Monday morning to travel to Charlottesville-Albemarie Airport in Charlottesville, Virginia. There is no word if this is the same plane.
The coroner would like to have DNA identification before informing the families. Mayor Jason Shelton claimed the accident was the “worst case scenario” and made the following statement,
Tupelo Fire Department, airport emergency responders, and Tupelo police responded immediately and secured the scene and now will be in a secondary role to the FAA as they continued to conduct the investigation.
The Federal Aviation Agency and the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive earlier and they will conduct their investigation to determine the cause of the accident.