UPDATE 10/16/2018: The FAA has begun its investigation into a plane crash in Marshall County. We are told the pilot is improving, and they hope he will be released from the hospital by the weekend.
(ORIGINAL STORY 10/12/2018)
A Mississippi pilot is recovering after the single-engine plane he was flying crashed Friday afternoon.
According to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the plane crashed on a private runway on Tate Marshall Road near Highway 309.
“The pilot was actually the one who called 911,” said Major Kelly McMillen.
Investigators said the crash was reported around 2:00 p.m. When emergency responders arrived on the scene the plane was reportedly upside down. The pilot was said to be trapped underneath.
Major McMillen told Local 24 firefighters were able to lift the plane to get the pilot out.
“He was communicating with us,” he said. “As far as his condition, he was alert, but I don’t know as far as symptoms, he was banged up pretty good.”
The name of the pilot is known but is not being released at this time.
Neighbors Local 24 spoke to said they heard a loud popping sound before the crash.
“He flies a lot,” said neighbor Brenda Walker. “We see him go into the gas station a lot. He has a wife. We’re praying for him and his family.”
The pilot was flown by helicopter to Regional One in Memphis.
Fire departments from Holly Springs, Byhalia, Watson, and Independence responded to the crash. Both the Tate County and Marshall County Sheriff’s Departments also responded.
The NTSB and FAA will come out to the scene to investigate Monday.