The National Transportation Safety Board is checking maintenance records and gathering other information about a single-engine airplane that crashed in Oxford and killed the 18-year-old pilot.
Investigators Ed Malinowski says the board’s final report could take months.
The Cessna 172 belonged to the Mississippi Civil Air Patrol and student pilot Elizabeth Little of Starkville was a cadet master sergeant.
She took off Saturday from Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus. A flight plan showed she was supposed to go to Oxford and return to Columbus.
The crash happened at the Ole Miss Golf Course near Oxford-University Airport.
The Civil Air Patrol’s commander, Major General Mark Smith, says Little was training for her private pilot certificate.