Small plane crashes into Mississippi home, 4 killed

A twin-engine plane crashed into a house late Tuesday in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, killing four people, including a toddler.

A Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 carrying three people hit the home at 11:22pm local time, Federal Aviation Administration representative Maria Njoku said Wednesday.

Police said the crash killed four people. That included a person who was inside the house when the crash happened, Hattiesburg police spokesperson Ryan Moore said.

The plane had departed Wichita Falls, Texas, some 560 miles northwest of Hattiesburg, the FAA said.

Details of what led to the crash is still under investigation. Police asked that residents not touch or remove any debris.

Gerry Standley, 55, was a resident of the home where the plane crashed. The plane had pilot, 67-year-old Louis Provenza, 23-year-old Anna Calhoun and 2-year-old Harper Provenza. It was unclear how the three on board the plane were related.

University of Southern Mississippi officials said the three on the plane were coming to Hattiesburg to attend the commencement ceremony. They said they were family of a student at Southern Miss.

“My heart breaks for our student and her family, and for our community members and their family,” USM President Rodney Bennett said in a statement.

“The University extends our deepest condolences and our thoughts and prayers to all those who are affected by this tragedy during this time of great loss.”

The Federal Aviation Administration was called to investigate the cause of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board was contacted to handle the investigation.