Flight headed from MS to VA crashes; 4 dead

A plane crash in Mississippi killed all four people on board. (Source: WTVA / NBC)
A plane crash in Mississippi killed all four people on board. (Source: WTVA / NBC)

(WWBT) - A private plane heading to Charlottesville, Virginia crashed in Tupelo, Mississippi, on Monday morning, killing all four people on board.

The Coroner's Office says the bodies were pretty badly burned, so they'll have to use DNA to identify the victims.

Tupelo Police are still on scene, hours after the crash, waiting for federal investigators to take over.

The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza took off from Tupelo Regional Airport around 8:30 a.m. Monday. The plane crashed on a small access road that leads to a sewage treatment plant.

Tupelo's police chief said those first to respond to the scene had a hard time getting to the wreckage.

"The crash scene is contained inside a chain-linked area that surrounds the sewage treatment plant, so they were not able to get in," said Chief Bart Aguirre. "When firefighters arrived, they had to use bolt cutters in order to cut the lock off."

It's still early in the investigation, but police believe a mechanical issue could have caused the crash. An FAA official said the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit before the plane crashed.

The National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the investigation.

WTVA reports that the plane was a Beech Bonanza, single-engine, six-seat aircraft registered to a company in Texas.

NBC29 reports the plane was headed to Charlottesville.

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