4 dead after plane crashes into Hattiesburg home


HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – Four people have died after a plane crashed into a Hattiesburg home Tuesday night. The incident happened on Annie Christie Drive just before 11:30 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are currently investigating the cause of the crash.

According to the FAA, a twin-engine Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 crashed into the home. Three people were aboard. Investigators said the flight departed Wichita Falls Regional Airport in Texas.

The Forrest County coroner identified the three victims on the plane as 67-year-old Dr. Louis J. Provenza, 23-year-old Anna Calhoun and two-year-old Harper Provenza. They were all from Wichita Falls. The coroner said the homeowner, Gerry Standley, died when the plane crashed into his house.

According to KFDX, Provenza was a board-certified neurosurgeon and fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgery practicing at United Regional Physician Group.

Calhoun was a student at Midwestern State University majoring in biology, according to Julie Gaynor, Marketing Director at MSU.

Officials with the University of Southern Mississippi said the three victims were headed to a family member’s graduation on Wednesday. USM officials said a student at their university was related to the three who died.

“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.”

According to the GoFundMe website, Standley was inside the home with his wife, daughter and grandson when the plane crashed into the home. His wife, daughter and grandson were able to escape with minor injuries.

The GoFundMe stated Standley and his wife had just celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary. He was an assistant pastor for his church.

If you would like to donate to the Standley family, click here.

According to officials, Edwards Street reopened to traffic, but Annie Christie Drive from Evans Street to Collins Street has been closed.

If you find any debris or wreckage in your yard or property that you believe is connected to the crash, do not touch or remove it. Instead, contact the Hattiesburg Police Department at 601-467-7556. 

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