Pilot killed when small plane crashes in south Mississippi

DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. (WXXV) – A Hancock County man is dead after a single-engine plane he was flying crashed Friday morning.

The Cessna took off from Diamondhead Airport and crashed around 7 a.m. into the woods just north of I-10 near mile marker 16.

Officials have not released the identity of the man.

As the plane crashed, it struck a power line, tangling itself in the dangerous wires, as the plane burned.

Diamondhead Fire Chief Jerry Dubuisson says the pilot was just flying around the airport to get practice hours in and was not headed to another destination.

“Because of the type of community that Diamond Head is, there’s several people who own their own planes. Like some people own Jeeps, they own planes. They’re out recreational flying, getting some training time in, some familiarization, filling those hours up. So this is a very common practice down here in Diamondhead. From what I understand at this point, and I’ve contacted the Gulfport Airport and the Stennis Airport… Neither one of them received any type of a mayday call from this aircraft,” said Dubuisson.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have both been notified of the fatal crash.

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