Developing: 4 dead after plane crashes in Tupelo

Sarah Fowler and Therese Apel

The Clarion-Ledger

Officials say four people are dead in a plane crash in Tupelo Monday morning.

Chief Bart Aguirre said three passengers and a pilot are dead in the crash near Colonial Estates Road, north of the Tupelo Regional Airport.

According to the Federal Aviation Agency, the Beech BE36 crashed at 8:32 a.m., one half a mile from Runway 18. The pilot reported smoke in the cockpit before the crash.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Lee Smithson said the plane was a private plane with six people on board. Initial reports are that it was a twin-engine plane.

Leesha Faulkner, communications director for the city of Tupelo, said the aircraft departed from Tupelo this morning. At this point it's unclear where it was bound.

Faulkner said authorities are now waiting on the FAA to come to the scene.

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