Fatal plane crash in Hancock County

A Hancock County man is dead after a single-engine plane he was flying crashed Friday morning.

The Cessna took off from Diamondhead Airport and crashed around 7 a.m. into the woods just north of I-10 near Mile Marker 16. Officials have not released the identity of the man, but they are confirming he is from the South Mississippi area.

As the plane crashed, it hit a power line and it wrapped itself around the aircraft, creating a dangerous scene as the plane burned.

Diamondhead Fire Chief Jerry Dubuisson tells News 25 the pilot was just flying around the airport to get practice hours in and was not headed to another destination.  “Because of the type of community Diamondhead is, there are several people who own their own planes, like some people own Jeeps, they own planes. They are out here recreational flying getting some training time in, some familiarization, building those hours up. This is a very common practice here in Diamondhead. From what I understand at this point and I have contacted Gulfport Airport and the Stennis Airport and neither one of them received any type of a mayday call from this aircraft.”

Authorities say the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have both been called and notified of the fatal crash.

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