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Teen pilot from Starkville dies following plane crash at Ole Miss Golf Course

Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy said the pilot in Saturday's plane crash at the Ole Miss Golf Course has died.

Posted: Jul 6, 2019 4:23 PM
Updated: Jul 10, 2019 8:23 PM

Updated  07/06/19 at 11:03 p.m.

Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy said the pilot in Saturday's plane crash at the Ole Miss Golf Course has died.

Facebook post of Lake Little as Starkville's Miss Hospitality

Plane crash at Ole Miss Golf Course with wreckage highlighted in circle (Amanda Haley)

According to our news partner, the Starkville Daily News, the pilot was 18-year-old Lake Little, an incoming student at the University of Southern Mississippi.

She recently graduated from Starkville Academy and planned to represent Starkville in this year's Mississippi Miss Hospitality competition later this month in Hattiesburg.

Her bio for the competition said she had her private pilot's license and her dream was to fly for FedEx.

"We are awaiting arrival of reconstructionist experts with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board," said Kennedy in a statement. "Further updates will be released on Monday afternoon with arrival of federal investigators."

Kennedy said he's investigating along with Ole Miss police, Oxford police and Oxford firefighters.

"Please respect the privacy of a hurting family in the loss of their loved one in this tragic accident," added the coroner.

07/06/19 at 5:19 p.m.

Rod Guajardo, University of Mississippi spokesperson, released a statement about the plane crash at the Ole Miss Golf Course:

“A single-engine plane affiliated with Civil Air Patrol was performing ‘touch and go’ takeoffs and landings when it crashed Saturday around 3:15 p.m. near the 17th tee box at the Ole Miss Golf Course. The only person onboard was a female pilot who suffered serious burns in the crash. She was airlifted to a Memphis-area trauma center, and her condition is not known at this time. No one on the ground was injured. The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been contacted and will investigate the scene of the crash. We will provide further updates as they become available.”

Original story below

LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - A plane has crashed at the Ole Miss Golf Course.

Newsweek columnist David Magee posted on Twitter a golfer told him the plane went down on the number 17 fairway and caught fire.

The crash happened apparently after 3 p.m. Saturday.

Ole Miss sports announcer and sports talk host Richard Cross posted on Twitter the aircraft was a Civil Air Patrol plane that had originated from the Golden Triangle Regional Airport and was scheduled to land at the University-Oxford Airport.

He said the pilot was flown to the hospital.

There is no official word as to how many were on the plane or how seriously anyone was hurt.

The golf course did say on social media it is closed for the day.

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