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Jack Jackson, Gwynn Groggel, Charles Torti, 69, and Carrie Torti, 59, dead in plane crash near Tupelo Regional Airport, Mississippi

Modified Date: 
Mon, 10/24/2016 - 8:24am
Accident Date: 
Monday, May 16, 2016

Plane crash near Tupelo Regional Airport in Mississippi

The accident happened at 8:32 a.m. CT on Monday when the Beech BE36 aircraft went down in a wooded area off Colonial Estates Road in Tupelo, which is about half a mile from Runway 18 at Tupelo Regional Airport.

Four killed when plane crashes after taking off from Tupelo airport

The plane is registered in Kerrville, Texas and landed in Tupelo Sunday morning.

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A Mississippi coroner says she will use DNA to identify the people killed in the crash of a small plane Monday near Tupelo Regional Airport.

Pilot Reported Smoke Before Deadly Mississippi Plane Crash, FAA Says

The FAA said the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit before the crash. "We got smoke in our cockpit. We need to come back around," the pilot could be heard saying on air-traffic control audio.

Identities of plane crash victims coming out

WOAI-TV identifies two of the four as Jack Jackson and his wife, Gwynn Groggel.  The Beechcraft Bonanza was registered to Jackson. - See more at: 

2 from Kerrville killed in Mississippi plane crash

Groggle and Jackson had been part of the Civil Air Patrol for over two decades.

“They were members of the Kerrville Composite Squadron and were responsible for starting the squadron back in the 1990s,” said Maj. George Otto, squadron commander. “Groggel was also the first commander of the Kerrville Squadron.”

Coroner names 4 who died Monday when plane bound for Charlottesville crashed

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green says the dead include the pilot, 75-year-old Henry Jackson and his wife, 70-year-old Gwynn Groggell. Another married couple, 69-year-old Charles Torti and 59-year-old Carrie Torti, also died. All were residents of Kerrville, Texas.

NTSB: Plane parts fell onto runway before crash

The National Transportation Safety Board says the plane, which was departing from Tupelo, Mississippi on Monday, dropped exhaust system parts on the runway as it was taking off. 

NTSB: No specific cause behind fatal Tupelo plane crash

The report said however an examination of the engine "did not reveal any other preexisting mechanical anomalies" with the plane.

People Involved: 
Jack Jackson
Gwynn Groggel
Charles Torti
Carrie Torti
Tupelo, MS

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