National Transportation Safety Board investigators headed to Jackson early Wednesday to inspect the wreckage at a house where a small plane crashed, killing the three people aboard the plane and igniting a huge fire.
The NTSB says investigators would meet with local police and firefighters and with officials from the manufacturer of the Piper PA-32 that slammed into the house Tuesday evening.
Milton Miller, the nephew of Loretta Jamison, says his aunt was being treated at a burn center in Rankin County for burns on her hands suffered when she fled the house. He says his aunt was in the back of the house when the plane hit.
The Civil Air Patrol says the three on board the aircraft were members of the Mississippi Wing: Col. John E. Tilton Jr., former member of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors and Alabama Wing and Southeast Region commander; the Mississippi Wing’s standardization/evaluation officer, Lt. Col. David Williams; and Capt. William C. Young, finance officer for the Maj. James McKinnie Composite Squadron.
It says the plane wasn’t part of CAP’s fleet, and the men weren’t on a CAP mission; they were headed to a Federal Aviation Administration safety meeting in Raymond, Miss., about 30 miles away.