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Report: No unusual sounds just before small plane crashed

July 17, 2019
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This is a May 7, 2019 file photograph that is being released with permission from the Little family of their daughter Lake Little, 18, of Starkville, Miss., who died late Saturday, July 6, 2019, of injuries from an air plane crash that happened hours earlier on the Ole Miss Golf Course near the University-Oxford Airport in Oxford, Miss. Little was pilot of a single-engine plane that crashed on the golf course while practicing takeoffs and landings at the small airport owned by the University of Mississippi. (Jim Lytle/ For the Little family via AP)
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This is a May 7, 2019 file photograph that is being released with permission from the Little family of their daughter Lake Little, 18, of Starkville, Miss., who died late Saturday, July 6, 2019, of injuries from an air plane crash that happened hours earlier on the Ole Miss Golf Course near the University-Oxford Airport in Oxford, Miss. Little was pilot of a single-engine plane that crashed on the golf course while practicing takeoffs and landings at the small airport owned by the University of Mississippi. (Jim Lytle/ For the Little family via AP)

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A witness heard no unusual sounds from the engine of a small airplane just before the plane crashed onto a golf course this month in northern Mississippi.

That’s according to a preliminary report issued Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The 18-year-old pilot, Lake Little of Starkville, died of injuries from the July 6 crash in Oxford.

A fixed-base operator at University-Oxford Airport told investigators that Little sounded “panicked” and didn’t finish her sentences as she said she intended to land on a runway. A witness saw the plane approach as a tailwind blew. The plane climbed at a steep angle before it went down.

Little was flying a Cessna 172 registered to the Mississippi Civil Air Patrol. She received a student pilot certificate in August 2017.

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