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TUPELO, Miss. -- Officials in Tupelo gathered on Monday to release more information on the plane crash that killed three passengers and the pilot in Tupelo.

Investigators said the accident was reported at 8:34 a.m. near Colonial Estate off Buffalo Road, and first responders were on the scene four minutes later.

The Lee County Coroner, Carolyn Green, described this as one of the worst scenes she's been to.

"I don't want to go into too much specifics just for the sake of the family, but it is a traumatic situation. There was a fire, but beyond that I don't want to go into too much information," she said.

The fire was so bad, investigators said they'll rely heavily on DNA to identify the victims.

Officials told the media the aircraft was a private plane that stopped in Tupelo Sunday for a layover.

The Beechcraft Bonanza 36 was headed to Charlottesville, Virginia according to FlightAware and was reportedly full of fuel when it took off.

Prior to the crash, the FAA said the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.

The plane had just taken off from the Tupelo Regional Airport when the crash took place.

The FAA is gathering their team of investigators and are headed to the scene.

A news conference with the NTSB and local agencies is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m.

An employee of WTVA-TV tweeted a photo of a large column of black smoke coming from behind some trees shortly after the crash.

Four planes have crashed at Tupelo Regional between 2005 and 2013 according to am National Transportation Safety Board database.

The last fatal crash happened August 17, 2011 when a pilot was killed as their plane crashed into a tree and a road.

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