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NTSB releases preliminary information on Oxford plane crash

Elizabeth "Lake" Little

The National Transportation Safety Board released new information Wednesday regarding a fatal plane crash at the Ole Miss Golf Course.

Posted: Jul 17, 2019 6:19 PM
Updated: Jul 18, 2019 10:30 AM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - The National Transportation Safety Board released preliminary information Wednesday regarding a fatal plane crash at the Ole Miss Golf Course.

According to the report, student pilot Lake Little, 18, announced she was landing on Runway 9 at University-Oxford Airport.

There was a tailwind (wind blowing from behind), which would increase the speed of the plane, and Little aborted the landing attempt. 

The report goes on to state the Starkville teenager turned the plane north toward the golf course.

A witness noticed the plane nose-up just before the crash. 

According to the report, people attempted to help Little get out of the plane, but the seat belt and harness kept her in the seat. 

The report states the plane caught fire. Once it was extinguished, those on the scene were able to get Little out. 

Little's student pilot's license was issued in 2017. Her medical application said she listed 30 hours of flight time in her logbook.

The logbook is required to be with the pilot while in the aircraft. 

According to the report, Little's logbook was not recovered after the plane crash. This means it is possible it was destroyed by the fire.

The Civil Air Patrol told investigators she logged 69 hours of flight time. 

According to the report, the Federal Aviation Administration also called the airport a few minutes before the crash because she had dropped below the radar ceiling from the Memphis control tower and had disappeared. 

An inspection of the plane showed the flaps were fully retracted. 

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