Authorities: 1 dead in small plane crash in Neshoba County

By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Authorities say a pilot died when a small twin-engine plane crashed in east-central Mississippi.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters told The Associated Press that the pilot was the only person on board. He was killed when the plane crashed for unknown reasons after taking off from Philadelphia Municipal Airport in Neshoba County.

Peters said the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

FAA records show the twin-engine, propeller-driven Piper Aerostar is registered M&H Ventures LLC in Missoula, Mont.

Dan Cumberland, manager of the Philadelphia airport, said he wasn’t sure of the plane’s intended destination when it took off from Philadelphia.