Plane crash kills 6 Oxford residents returning from dental seminar

Jason Farese and Lea Farese
Jason Farese and Lea Farese

A plane en route to Oxford crashed late this morning near Northport, Alabama, killing three married couples.

All six of the deceased are from Oxford, The EAGLE has learned. They had been attending a dental seminar together in Florida.

Among the deceased are Oxford dentists Dr. Jason Farese and his wife, Dr. Lea Farese, a family member and employee of the Fareses has confirmed.

Others killed in the crash are Dr. Michael Perry and his wife, Kim, and Dr. Austin Poole and his wife, Angie, sources have told The EAGLE.

Dr. Poole and his wife live in Wellsgate in Oxford, but his dental practice is in Clarksdale.

Dr. Perry, of MidSouth Dental Implants & Periodontics, graduated from Ole Miss and was a member of Kappa Sigma social fraternity. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. He and his wife Kim are survived by three children.

The Fareses, both dentists at Farese Family Dental in Oxford, left Wednesday for Florida, attending a dental continuing education seminar. They were returning home to Oxford this morning, the source said.

The Fareses leave three children behind, ages 10, 7 and 5. The youngest just started kindergarten this week.

The couples attended the dental seminar with the Fareses and were returning home with them. Each of the couples has young children, but none of their children were on board the plane.

The plane was operated by Oxford University Aircraft Charters, according to flight information. Mississippi Secretary of State records show the registered agent of the company, Oxford University Aircraft Charters, is Oxford dentist Dr. Jason Farese.

The address listed for the charter flight company is the same as Fareses’ dental office, 2212 West Jackson Avenue.

The plane is a Piper Navajo twin piston. The plane left the Kissimmee Gateway airport in Florida at 9:55 a.m. eastern time this morning. Officials said they encountered engine problems around Tuscaloosa.

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