Missing airplane found after crash; Pilot survives

Plane found in Mississippi after departing Ocala

Published On: Feb 14 2012 11:59:22 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 14 2012 03:00:05 PM EST
OCALA, Fla. -

A small plane that departed from Ocala has been found in the north Mississippi woods after crashing early Tuesday, and reports from local news organizations say the pilot survived.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the plane was about 18 miles southeast of Tupelo when the pilot reported a problem Tuesday morning. Only the pilot was aboard the single-engine, Piper Cherokee Six.

Mississippi National Guard spokesman Tim Powell says one of the Guard's UH-72 Lakota helicopters found the plane.

The pilot's condition was not immediately available. Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell didn't respond to numerous messages.

Bergen says the plane was flying from Ocala to Olive Branch, Miss. It's registered to Buccaneer Aviation Inc., a Delaware corporation.

Bergen says she couldn't say what kind of problem the pilot reported.