Preliminary report released after Monroe County plane crash

This small plane crashed at the Monroe County Airport on March 29, 2019.

A preliminary report has been released after a small plane crashed at the Monroe County Airport in late-March.

Posted: Apr 8, 2019 2:57 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2019 4:23 PM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - A preliminary report has been released after a small plane crashed at the Monroe County Airport in late-March.

The crash happened on March 29 at 5:50 p.m. Both the pilot and passenger received minor injuries.


This small plane crashed at the Monroe County Airport on March 29, 2019.

This small plane crashed at the Monroe County Airport on March 29, 2019.

The preliminary report indicates the flight originated 35 minutes earlier from the Marion County-Rankin Fite Airport in Hamilton, Alabama.

The distance between the two airports is approximately 32.86 miles.

According to the report, the passenger stated he had recently purchased the plane and planned to take lessons from a flight instructor at the Monroe County Airport the following Monday, April 1.

The plane's registered owner is listed as Jason W. Evans of Russellville, Alabama, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registry.

The passenger and private pilot intended to relocate the plane at the Monroe County Airport where it was to be refueled for the upcoming flight instruction.

The report indicates the pilot was the pilot-in-command was operating the flight controls.

The pilot stated the flight was normal until the landing at the airport.

The report indicates the plane was slightly left of the runway's centerline during the landing when it suddenly veered left.

As the plane continued off the left side of the runway, the pilot tried to pull the plane up, but it collided with the north-south airport perimeter fence and continued into a ditch.

The airport’s surveillance video revealed the wind was blowing from the south at approximately 5 knots (5.75 mph). The airport's manager Wes Kirkpatrick said the plane was landing south. 

The preliminary report indicates visibility was 10 miles.

The preliminary report is not the final report, which will take months to complete.

MORE: Read the full report here 

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