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May 31, 2012

Witnesses Say Lightning Blew Plane Out of the Sky Over Mississippi, Killing Pilot

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The plane went down in Macon, Miss., about 100 miles northeast of Jackson. (Map by Matt Molnar/Google)

A small plane exploded in midair when it was struck by lighting over eastern Mississippi Thursday afternoon, killing the pilot.

Witnesses told WCBI that the cockpit landed in a catfish pond after the lightning struck the plane during a thunderstorm. The debris field was spread over a 3/4 mile area of Noxubee County.

The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza BE36 was enroute from St. Petersburg, Fla., to University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airport in Norman, Okla., according to an Associated Press report.

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  • Anonymous

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