A plane crash near the east Mississippi town of Macon has killed a pilot bound for Oklahoma.
A witness says the plane crashed into a pond just before 5 p.m. Thursday in the Mashulaville community, about 15 miles southwest of Macon in Noxubee County.
Jim Peters, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, says air traffic controllers in Memphis, Tenn., lost contact with a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza BE36 Thursday afternoon. The plane had earlier departed from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in Clearwater, Fla., with a stated destination of University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airport in Norman, Okla.
Peters said authorities believe only the pilot was on board. He declined to release his identity, saying he wasn't sure if Oklahoma authorities had notified the man's family.
The victim was found by an eyewitness strapped to his chair some 250 yards away from the wreckage.
The witness says there was thunder and lightning in the area at the time.
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