The Latest: Coroner: DNA will identify plane crash victims

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Posted: May 16, 2016 2:33 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a plane crash in Tupelo, Mississippi, that killed four people (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

A Mississippi coroner says she will use DNA to identify the people killed in the crash of a small plane Monday near Tupelo Regional Airport.

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green tells multiple media outlets that DNA will be used because there was a fire. She says each of the bodies will be sent to Jackson for an autopsy.

Tupelo city spokeswoman Leesha Faulkner says the pilot and three passengers in the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza died after the plane crashed at about 8:30 a.m. Monday. Authorities haven't released their names.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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11:15 a.m.

A Federal Aviation Administration official says a pilot reported smoke in the cockpit after taking off Monday from a Mississippi airport and then crashing.

The pilot and three passengers in the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza died after the plane crashed in a field about a half-mile north of Tupelo Regional Airport. Authorities haven't released their names.

FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac says the FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the crash's cause.

Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre says the plane "was broken up."

FlightAware.com shows the plane flew from Kerrville, Texas, to Tupelo on Sunday. It was scheduled to continue Monday to Charlottesville, Virginia.

Laurie Carwile, who was at the nearby Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo, says she heard what sounded like thunder and later saw smoke.

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10 a.m.

Officials say four people are dead after a small private plane crashed north of the runway at the Tupelo Airport in Mississippi.

Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1rP6nbE) that the pilot and all three passengers were killed in the crash Monday morning.

Deputy Fire Chief Jimmy Avery described the aircraft as a Bonanza B36 single-engine, six-seater plane.

He says the plane took off at 8:32 a.m. Monday, headed to Charlottesville, Virginia.

Other details about the crash were not immediately available.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com