Report: No unusual sounds just before small plane crashed

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Lake Little, 18 (Photo: Starkville Miss Hospitality)

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OXFORD, Miss. — A witness heard no unusual sounds from the engine of a small airplane just before the plane crashed onto a golf course this month in northern Mississippi.

That’s according to a preliminary report issued Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The 18-year-old pilot, Lake Little of Starkville, died of injuries from the July 6 crash in Oxford.

A fixed-base operator at University-Oxford Airport told investigators that Little sounded “panicked” and didn’t finish her sentences as she said she intended to land on a runway. A witness saw the plane approach as a tailwind blew. The plane climbed at a steep angle before it went down.

Little was flying a Cessna 172 registered to the Mississippi Civil Air Patrol. She received a student pilot certificate in August 2017.

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