June 23, 2023

Small Plane Crashes On Middle School Practice Field In Ocean Springs

Morgan Howard

According to WLOX, a plane crashed onto a middle school practice field in Ocean Springs Friday morning.

WLOX said they heard scanner traffic about the crash around 7:40 a.m. Friday.

Jackson County EMA Director Earl Etheridge, said that a small plane took off from Ocean Springs Airport, headed to Asheville, North Carolina.

The plane was a twin-engine Piper Apache prop plane and shortly after it took off, it developed problems and crashed less than a mile from the airport.

The plane landed on the practice field at the north side of Ocean Springs Middle School, damaging part of the fence.

WLOX reported that the pilot survived the crash and is doing okay. The plane, however, is leaking fuel.

Ocean Springs Fire and Police departments, Emergency Management, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) all responded to the crash.

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