Sheriff: 3 die in small plane crash in Union County

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Three people were killed with their jet crashed in Union County.

Posted: Apr 13, 2019 7:19 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2019 10:38 AM

Note: This article was modified to show the correct times of the departure and crash. 

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (AP) — A sheriff says all three people aboard a twin-engine jet were killed when it crashed in some woods in northern Mississippi.

Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards tells news outlets that those killed were pilot Tommy Nix and wife Merline Nix of Belmont, Mississippi, and co-pilot Jarrod Holloway of Booneville, Mississippi.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Rick Breitenfeldt tells The Associated Press that the Rockwell Sabreliner 65 aircraft departed University Oxford Airport in Mississippi about 3 p.m. Saturday and crashed between New Albany and Blue Springs. Edwards says his office received a call shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday that the plane was missing from radar, and investigators found the wreckage about 9:30 p.m.

The jet was bound for Alabama's Marion County-Rankin Fite Airport from Oxford.

Severe storms were sweeping through Mississippi on Saturday, but Breitenfeldt says it was not immediately clear if weather was a factor in the crash.

He says the FAA and the National Transportation Safety board will investigate.

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