UPDATE: 2 dead in Monroe County plane crash

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UPDATE: The second victim in Tuesday’s plane crash in North Mississippi has been identified.

According to WCBI, the second victim is John Neusch. He was a Columbus businessman.

The crash happened Tuesday just after takeoff from the Monroe County Airport.

Officials say the pilot, Richard Arlin Justice was headed to Madison County in the single engine plane.

The FAA is investigating.

UPDATE:  Authorities tell WJTV that two people were found dead in the Monroe County plane crash.

Officials said the aircraft left around 6:15 a.m.headed to Madison.

The single engine plane didn’t make it to Madison so they started back tracking, and started a search.

The crash site is in a wooded area about a mile southwest of the airport runway in Monroe. We are told airport is not manned at all hours of the day. It’s a smaller operation that makes about 15 flights a day.

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to be on site  Wednesday.

The sheriff’s department said the names of the victims will not be released until they know that relatives have been notified.

 UPDATE: The aircraft that went missing in Monroe County has been located, according to WCBI.

The Monroe County Emergency Management Agency said the private plane was headed to Madison.

WCBI also reported that the coroner is at the scene.

WJTV will continue to update this story as more details become available.

MONROE COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — Authorities are investigating a missing aircraft in Monroe County.

The Monroe County Emergency Management Agency confirmed that they received a call around 10 a.m. Tuesday about the aircraft.

No other details have been released.

WJTV is working to get more information about the investigation. We will provide updates as we get them.

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