Caroline Bartley (Source: University of Mississippi)
Three people were killed when a plane crashed in Prentiss County
(WMC-TV) - The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to be on the scene of a plane crash that killed three people Sunday in Prentiss County.
We are learning more about the Ole Miss student killed in the accident. Caroline Bartley was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority at Ole Miss. She was with her parents, Terri and James Bartley, Jr., on the plane, flying to Oxford from their vacation home in the North Carolina mountains.
Officials believe the plane went down sometime around 2 p.m.
Memphis air traffic controllers confirm an aircraft disappeared from their radar approximately 10 miles southeast of the Booneville area.
Pieces of the small plane were scattered across a one mile area: a tail section, the wing and other pieces of debris, and personal effects.
Prentiss County EMA confirms the plane was a small, single-engine Piper 300, flying from Andrews, N.C., to Oxford. He said the plane encountered a severe thunderstorm that could have caused the crash, but investigators will have to confirm that.
The Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, in which Caroline Bartley belonged, released the following statement about the loss of its sister:
"As an organization founded solely on the premise of friendship, a loss of one of our members is always felt throughout all of our chapters across North America. Alpha Omicron Pi sends its deepest condolences to Caroline's siblings, the entire Bartley family and to the sisters of the Nu Beta Chapter with which she devoted so much of her time. In this time of tragedy, it is our hope that each of these ladies can find some comfort in the strong bonds of sisterhood within Alpha Omicron Pi."