STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Federal aviation officials were on-site Thursday to investigate the plane crash that killed two people the day before in Oktibbeha County.
The crash killed Luke Reed, 13, and his grandfather Gary Dedeaux after the T-6 model aircraft they were flying crashed near Camps Airport Road.
On Thursday Oktibbeha County EMA Director Kristen Campanella shared an image of the crash site.
She said an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board took and approved the image for public release.
Investigators will look into all aspects of the plane, its pilot and the weather at the time of the crash.
The investigation could take one to two years to determine the official cause of the crash.
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Dedeaux was a well-known businessman and operated Gary's Pawn and Gun, which has locations in West Point and Columbus.
He owned the vintage plane.
“Gary was probably one of the rare individuals that the Lord put on this Earth to be an example to follow," said Dedeaux's friend of 20 years, Randy Jones. "It’s hurtful to say the least that we’ve lost him because he had so much more to give the community.”
Reed attended Oak Hill Academy in West Point.
“Our school is broken-hearted,” Principal Phil Ferguson said. “We’re broken-hearted for the family. We’re broken-hearted for our students. It’s just not supposed to happen for a 14-year-old [age is 13]. You’re supposed to start the excitement of the school year. It’s gone.”