Family mourns death of teenage pilot following deadly plane crash

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OXFORD, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Family members are sharing their grief and after the death of a teen pilot, who crashed Saturday in Oxford.

18-year-old Elizabeth “Lake” Little was the daughter of a Starkville alderman and volunteered much of her time in the community. Monday, air safety investigators with the NTSB arrived at the crash site to determine what went wrong.

Little died after her Cessna 172 crashed at the Ole Miss Golf Course Saturday. She was practicing “touch and go” takeoffs to get her pilot’s license.

“Lake was the funniest person,” said Layton Little, the teen’s older brother. “She was funky, she was sassy. She was determined, she was powerful. She was daring. She had absolutely no fear at all.

Her brothers, Layton and Patton, say she had big dreams.

“Helping others was a big passion of hers,” Patton Little. “She wanted to be an Air Force pilot. But she wanted to go get her degree in speech pathology.”

She planned to study at the University of Southern Mississippi and founded “Reading Matters,” an organization for young students.

Lt. Col. Mike Hainsey with Civil Air Patrol calls her selfless.

“It didn’t seem like she was taking anytime for herself other than to improve herself in things like flying,” said Hainsey. “I spoke with her actually before she went flying. She was really excited about going on that flight.”

Her family is now comforted by how much she impacted others.

“It’s been awesome being able to hear people’s stories about her and the way that she made them feel,” said Layton. “She always made people feel like they were important. and they were valued and they were wanted.” The Little family says they are looking forward to answers about what led to their loved one’s crash. A preliminary report by the NTSB will be available in the next two weeks.

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