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One confirmed dead in plane crash in Hancock County (Updated 9 a.m.)

Coroner Norma Stiglet has confirmed at least one person dead in the crash of a small plane early this morning west of Mississippi 607 near Bayou LaCroix.

Stiglet said more information may be available later this morning.

Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration are on their way to the scene, Sheriff's Lt. Troy Mitchell said.

A hunter who saw smoke in woods near Bayou LaCroix called the Sheriff's Department today between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m.

The debris is scattered, said Mitchell, officer in charge of the investigation.

The FAA will be able to help confirm who owned the plane, Mitchell said, and a flight plan if one was filed.

Also on scene are the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency, American Medical Response, the West Hancock Fire Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

A command post is set up on U.S. 90, though first-responders, working in freezing temperatures, say the crash site is about a mile inside woods.

Updated information will be posted as soon as it's available at sunherald.com.

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