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Victims of fatal Oktibbeha County plane crash ID'd

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Updated (9:46 p.m. 8/4/2021)

The Oktibbeha County Emergency Operations Center says Camps Airport Road is now open.

It said law enforcement will remain on scene overnight, so there will be only one lane of traffic in some areas.

Updated (9:00 p.m. 8/4/2021)

The Oktibbeha County coroner confirmed to WTVA the names of those killed in Wednesday's plane crash.

Luke Reed and his grandfather Gary Dedeaux (of Gary’s Pawn and Gun in West Point and Columbus) both died Wednesday afternoon after the T-6 model aircraft they were flying in crashed near Camps Airport Road off of Old Westpoint Road in Starkville.

911 received a call concerning the crash at 3:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Aug. 4. Police then arrived at the scene and found the plane at 3:50 p.m.

The family was notified and was present at the scene.

The local fire department and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's department were also both on the scene to respond.

Luke Reed was an eighth-grader at Oak Hill Academy, where the gym will be open for students at 9:00 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 5. Several local pastors will be present to provide support and comfort to the students, parents and teachers.

Camps Airport Road is closed as of right now and will remain closed as the investigation continues.

Original Story

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A plane crashed in eastern Oktibbeha County Wednesday afternoon, said Oktibbeha County EMA Director Kristen Campanella.

She said the crash happened off Camps Airport Road.

Fire Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said he received a group message from the state EMA.

According to the message, a small private aircraft crashed with two fatalities.


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