Sunday, July 7, 2019

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N994CP: Fatal accident occurred July 06, 2019 near University-Oxford Airport (KUOX), Lafayette County, Mississippi

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aircraft crashed into a golf course under unknown circumstances.

Date: 06-JUL-19
Time: 20:07:00Z
Regis#: N994CP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Ed Malinowski
National Transportation Safety Board

Elizabeth "Lake" Little 

A memorial service celebrating the life of Elizabeth “Lake” Little will be held Friday July 12, 2019, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church Outreach Worship Center, 210 S. Jackson Street, in Starkville, Mississippi. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Starkville.  Visitations will be held at the same venue on Thursday, July 11, from 5-8 p.m. and again Friday, July 12 from 9-11 a.m.

Little, 18, a loving daughter, sister, and friend, earned her wings on July 6, 2019 following an airplane accident. She was born in Flowood, MS, on February 12, 2001. Lake grew up in the Starkville community where she graduated from Starkville Academy in May 2019 with plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi to study Speech Pathology. 

While her time on Earth may have been short, the brevity of her life did not impede her many accomplishments. Lake was not only an honor student in the classroom, she was also an all-star on fields of athletic competition across Mississippi. Lake’s leadership was displayed as captain of the soccer, tennis, and archery teams and her induction into the Starkville Academy Hall of Fame.
Friends and family know Lake truly excelled in the countless hours spent in her passion for volunteer service to others. Through her program “Reading Matters,” she helped teach the importance of reading and literacy to people of all ages. 
Lake shared her gifts in volunteer service in her Starkville home community and likewise in foreign mission work overseas. First Baptist Church Starkville is where Lake came to know the Lord Jesus Christ and where she led others to grow in their faith.

Earlier this year, Lake was designated as Starkville’s Miss Hospitality. In that role, she took great pride in representing her community while promoting tourism and economic development. Lake was scheduled to compete later this month in the statewide Miss Hospitality Competition.

Lake Little discovered her love for flying at a young age, reflected in her decision to join the Civil Air Patrol. In the sky, Lake said she felt at home and there was best able to envision her life goals. Lake recently enlisted in the Miss. Air National Guard to serve her state and nation. Lake dreamed of later becoming a U.S. Air Force pilot and later flying for FedEx, while working on the ground as a Speech Pathologist. 

Lake is preceded in death by paternal grandfather Archie R. Little, maternal grandfather Ernest Lowery, Sr., and uncle Gary Little and aunt Debbie Little of Hattiesburg. 

She is survived by her parents, David and Pattie Little of Starkville, brothers Layton and Patton of Starkville; paternal grandmother Barbara Bass of Petal, MS; maternal grandmother Sydney Douglas; uncle Ernest Lowery, Jr. (Michelle) of Oxford, MS; aunts April Ward (Timmy) of Benton, MS; and Mary Brooks (Bart) of Bay St. Louis, MS; uncles Jerry Little, Craig Little (Michelle) and Jeff Bass (Faye) all of Hattiesburg, MS; and numerous cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Lake Little Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, 118 College Drive #5210, Hattiesburg, MS 39406 and the First Baptist Church Youth Missions, 106 E Lampkin St, Starkville, MS 39759.  Welch Funeral Home in Starkville is in charge of arrangements (

Ed Malinowski
National Transportation Safety Board

A training flight turned into a nightmare for one family on Saturday when a Civil Air Patrol cadet crash-landed on the Ole Miss Golf Course.

A single-engine Cessna Skyhawk crashed near the 17th tee box around 3:15 p.m. while the pilot was performing touch-and-go takeoffs at the nearby Ole Miss airport. The only person onboard was a female pilot who suffered serious burns in the crash. She was airlifted to Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where she succumbed to her injuries later that night.

The pilot was identified as Lake Little, an 18-year-old from Starkville, who was in the middle of a training flight toward earning her private pilot certification. The flight originated from the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus at approximately 2:03 p.m. with Oxford as the listed destination in the submitted flight plan.

Little was operating the plane under visual flight rules, which are a set of regulations a pilot operates a plane under in weather conditions generally clear enough to allow the pilot to see where the aircraft is going.

During the touch-and-go takeoffs, Little’s plane appeared to be landing before something went wrong, according to witnesses at the golf course.

“We were on (hole) 9… It looked like it was landing and then aborted the landing and we saw it struggle to come back up,” bystander Brian Scott Rippee said. “Then, when we were walking off the green it just fell straight down into the trees.”

Little graduated from Starkville Academy in May and was set to be an incoming freshman at the University of Southern Mississippi next month. She had recently enlisted in the National Guard and was a Cadet Master Sargent with the Civil Air Patrol. A frequent beauty pageant contestant, Little’s dream was to become a pilot for FedEx, according to her Miss Hospitality 2019 contestant profile. She was also the founder of “Reading Matters,” a nonprofit organization that has promoted literacy for hundreds of children across the state of Mississippi.

Little was the daughter of Starkville’s Ward III Alderman David Little.

“Right now our focus is on the cadet’s family and the members of her local squadron,” Major General Mark Smith, national commander and CEO with the Civil Air Patrol, said in a statement. “This is a tragic accident and we are praying for peace and comfort for everyone involved. We are working with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration to determine what caused the crash.”

During a press conference at the Ole Miss Golf Course clubhouse on Monday morning, NTSB air safety investigator Ed Malinowski stated planes such as the one Little was flying on Saturday do not require or have a “black box” or any recording device on board. The investigators will rely on any radar data and radio transmissions they can gather from both airports to help determine the cause.

Structural damage will also aid in the investigators determining why the plane crashed less than a half-mile from the airport.

“The wreckage, it has certain impact marks and we are able to follow the control cable within the fire and we can tell if they were connected or not,” Malinowski said. “That will tell us if there was control continuity and if the pilot had control of the aircraft by the integrity of the control cable.”

The plane will remain on the golf course for another day or two to allow for the on-site investigation to conclude before the Civil Air Patrol will remove it to a relocation area at an undetermined location at this time. Malinowski stated investigations such as this could take up to a year or more before a final report is filed.

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Lake Little

OXFORD, Mississippi — Lake Little, the 18-year-old pilot who passed away after a crash landing just two days ago, was an accomplished student looking to fly for a living.

The exact plan is unclear — maybe it was FedEx, or the Air Force, or something entirely different. But those close to Little have described the 18-year-old as someone whose identity became attached to flying, which makes Saturday’s crash all the more puzzling.

“It was an incredibly important piece of her life, she was looking at making it a career," Starkville, Mississippi Mayor Lynn Spruill said. "This was one of the things that she loved to do and she was on the path to do that.”

While Lake found a lot of success in her young life through academics, athletics and pageants, those in Starkville say they’ll miss her spirit the most.

"She was a wonderful ambassador for our community," Spruill said. “Lake was very engaged in all things Starkville, as was her family. It’s just an incredible loss to us as a community as well as her family.”

Investigators are now beginning the slow, careful process of gathering every bit of information from radio and radar logs, picking apart the crash site and listening to witness testimony.

It will be a long process for the National Transportation Safety Board, the group charged with investigating the deadly crash. Although the plane was badly damaged, they say they’ll be able to use the plane cables to tell if little had control when it went down.

Ed Malinowski, air safety investigator with NTSB, said investigators can tell if those cables were connected or not, and that will tell them if if the pilot had control of the aircraft.

He said his understanding was that Little was a student pilot who would have been endorsed by an instructor to go out on solo flights.

Little was flying a plane owned by the Civil Air Patrol. WREG reached out to the group, but they referred us to a new statement released Monday, which in part reads: “it’s hard to put into words how much of a tragedy this is, and how deep of a loss it is. Such a loss affects all of us on different levels and different ways.”

Little was flying a Cessna 172 plane, widely labeled as the most popular single-engine plane ever. The company website calls it “the ultimate training aircraft.”

We also researched the history of the specific plane that Little was flying. Built in 1997 and owned by the Civil Air Patrol, we couldn’t find any issues or causes for concern.

Golfers using the course on the day of the accident claim they frequently see those planes flying overhead.

“We do see the planes go up and down every day, every morning, and of all different sizes,” said Da Magee, who golfs at the course.

Although early results for a crash report won’t take long, a final conclusion could be more drawn out.

"I’ll have a preliminary report on the Internet in about a week and my final report can take anywhere from six months to a year,” Malinowski said.

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Three (3) months ago

David Little ‏@david_dlittle
 April 06, 2019
Congratulations ⁦@lake_little⁩  on solo today!!
Proud of you!! #soloflight #CAP2294

A well-known Starkville teenager and incoming University of Southern Mississippi student died Saturday from injuries sustained in a plane crash on the Ole Miss golf course in Oxford earlier in the day. 

Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill confirmed to the Starkville Daily News that Lake Little, 18, died sometime Saturday after being transported to a hospital in Memphis.  

She is the daughter of Ward 3 Alderman David Little and his wife Pattie Little.

University of Mississippi spokesperson Rod Guajardo said in a statement that a single-engine plane affiliated with Civil Air Patrol was performing “touch and go” takeoffs and landings when it crashed Saturday around 3:15 p.m. near the 17th tee box at the Ole Miss Golf Course.

He then said the only person on board the small plane was a female pilot who suffered “serious burns” in the crash.

While officials did not identify Little by name, they said the victim of the plane crash was airlifted to a Memphis-area trauma center. 

“No one on the ground was injured,” he said. “The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been contacted and will investigate the scene of the crash. We will provide further updates as they become available.”

Little was a 2019 graduate of Starkville Academy and appeared many times in the Starkville Daily News for her numerous academic and civic accomplishments, as well as competition in pageants.

Starkville Miss Hospitality Director Angella Baker said Little was Starkville’s representative for the Miss Hospitality pageant and was scheduled to compete in the statewide competition at the end of July.

Baker said Little was also actively involved in Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) of Starkville.

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Updated at 11:03 p.m. (originally posted at 9:39 p.m.)

Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy said the pilot in Saturday's plane crash at the Ole Miss Golf Course has died.

Plane crash at Ole Miss Golf Course with wreckage highlighted in circle (Amanda Haley)

Lake Little's bio on the Mississippi Miss Hospitality website. She planned to compete later this month.

According to our news partner, the Starkville Daily News, the pilot was 18-year-old Lake Little, an incoming student at the University of Southern Mississippi.

She recently graduated from Starkville Academy and planned to represent Starkville in this year's Mississippi Miss Hospitality competition later this month in Hattiesburg.

Her bio for the competition said she had her private pilot's license and her dream was to fly for FedEx.

"We are awaiting arrival of reconstructionist experts with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board," said Kennedy in a statement. "Further updates will be released on Monday afternoon with arrival of federal investigators."

Kennedy said he's investigating along with Ole Miss police, Oxford police and Oxford firefighters.

"Please respect the privacy of a hurting family in the loss of their loved one in this tragic accident," added the coroner.

5:19 p.m.

Rod Guajardo, University of Mississippi spokesperson, has released a statement about the plane crash at the Ole Miss Golf Course:

“A single-engine plane affiliated with Civil Air Patrol was performing ‘touch and go’ takeoffs and landings when it crashed Saturday around 3:15 p.m. near the 17th tee box at the Ole Miss Golf Course. The only person onboard was a female pilot who suffered serious burns in the crash. She was airlifted to a Memphis-area trauma center, and her condition is not known at this time. No one on the ground was injured. The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been contacted and will investigate the scene of the crash. We will provide further updates as they become available.”

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LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Mississippi (WTVA) -- A plane has crashed at the Ole Miss Golf Course.

Newsweek columnist David Magee posted on Twitter a golfer told him the plane went down on the number 17 fairway and caught fire.

The crash happened apparently after 3 p.m. Saturday.

Ole Miss sports announcer and sports talk host Richard Cross posted on Twitter the aircraft was a Civil Air Patrol plane that had originated from the Golden Triangle Regional Airport and was scheduled to land at the University-Oxford Airport.

He said the pilot was flown to the hospital.

There is no official word as to how many were on the plane or how seriously anyone was hurt.

The golf course did say on social media it is closed for the day.

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