Three family members killed in small plane crash

by lmallernee | July 9th, 2012

July 9, 2012

Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in northeast Mississippi, a small single engine Piper Cherokee lance plane crashed during an intense storm, killing all three aboard, reports the Examiner.

If this accident is confirmed to be weather-related, it will be the second deadly Mississippi plane crash during intense storms in just over a month. Another deadly crash occurred on May 31 after the pilot attempted to fly through a gap in a line of severe storms.

In this crash a family was flying from their vacation home in the North Carolina Mountains to the University of Mississipi where the daughter was a student.

The National Weather Service had issued a significant weather advisory for a strong thunderstorm around the time of the crash, saying that the storm could produce winds up to 40 miles per hour, heavy rains, and cloud to ground lighting strikes.

The air traffic controllers in Memphis, Tennessee, confirmed that an aircraft disappeared from radar about 35 miles northeast of Tupelo.

They believe that after encountering the severe thunderstorm, the plane fell from about 8000 feet before hitting the ground.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration said that the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash site today.

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