Three victims identified in deadly plane crash in Union County

Three victims identified in deadly plane crash in Union County
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UNION COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Three people have died after a small commercial plane crashed in north Mississippi.

Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards says the victims are pilot Tommy Nix along with his wife Merline Nix of Belmount, and co-pilot Jarrod Holloway of Booneville.

On Sunday, Governor Phil Bryant confirmed the deaths during a press conference with MEMA on Saturday’s severe weather event.

The plane went down around 5 p.m. it was found near County Roads 120 and 121.

A search was underway for the plane after Air Traffic Control Center in Memphis called the county to say that it was missing.

It’s unknown why the plane crashed. Governor Bryant says that they do not believe that the severe weather played any part.

EMA Director Curt Clayton said the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

He also said the National Transportation Safety Board will be on scene Monday.

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