Mississippi Small Plane Crash Leaves Four Dead

May 18, 2016
Abram I. Bohrer

The airplane crash attorneys at the Bohrer & Lukeman law firm are following the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) investigation into the May 16 general aviation crash of a Beechcraft BE36 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Four people were killed when the small aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from the Tupelo Regional Airport.

Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre said the plane was only in the air for a short time before the accident. According to the FAA, the crash took place at 8:32 am after traveling only a half mile from the runway.

“The log at the airport said there were three people onboard, in addition to the pilot,” Aguirre said during a news conference. “We did not see any survivors.” All four individuals were confirmed dead by the Tupelo Fire Department.

“From what I can tell you right now there’s quite a bit of debris,” Aguirre continued. “The wreckage is very broken up.”

The Beechcraft Bonanza arrived in Mississippi from Kerrville Municipal Airport in Texas and according to the pilot’s flight plan, it was meant to continue to Charlottesville, Virginia.

FAA spokesperson Arlene Salac stated that the pilot reported experiencing smoke in the cockpit to air-traffic control shortly before the crash. “We got smoke in our cockpit. We need to come back around,” the pilot could be heard saying in recordings of air-traffic control communications.

The FAA will work with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to determine the official cause of the single-engine plane crash.

The Bohrer & Lukeman personal injury law firm – based in New Jersey and New York – is closely following all of the developments in this general aviation accident. The airplane accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman have over 20 years of experience in all aspects of aviation accident and disaster litigation.

Bohrer & Lukeman’s aviation attorneys focus on representing the estates of victims who have perished in general aviation accidents and airline disasters. The law firm’s founder, Abram Bohrer, has successfully represented clients in the fields of both commercial and general aviation.

The Bohrer & Lukeman airline accident attorneys will perform their own review of the events in Mississippi. The airline accident law firm will continually update its website at www.flightinjury.com with developments from the FAA and NTSB reports.