OXFORD • One person has died after a single-engine plane crash at the University of Mississippi golf course.
University spokesman Rod Guajardo said Sunday that Lake Little, 18, of Starkville died late Saturday of injuries from the crash that happened hours earlier.
The City of Starkville is saddened by the loss of Lake Little. She was a star for us and had such a great plan for her life commitment to others. Flying was her love and her passion. Our thoughts and prayers to her family for comfort.— Lynn Spruill (@lynn_spruill) July 7, 2019
Little was selected to represent Starkville in Mississippi's Miss Hospitality competition later this month.
"Lake had a vibrant personality. She was full of life and lived it to the fullest," said Starkville Miss Hospitality director Angella Baker. "She was very passionate about flying and had just recently received her private pilots license. She wanted to eventually become a pilot for FedEx."
Little graduated this past May from Starkville Academy, where she earned numerous academic honors and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. She planned to study speech pathology and audiology at the University of Southern Mississippi and wanted to open her own speech pathology clinic to help children and the elderly while maintaining an aviation career.
In a statement on Saturday, Guajardo said that the single-engine plane affiliated with Civil Air Patrol crashed around 3:15 p.m. while performing 'touch and go' takeoffs and landings. The crash happened near the 17th tee box at the golf course.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are responding to the crash scene. Any further information about that investigation will be released by the NTSB.
Daily Journal reporter Bobby Pepper and the Associated Press contributed to this report.