Plane runs out of fuel, crashes in Oktibbeha County; pilot hurt

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The pilot of a single-engine plane was injured when the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed Wednesday night in Mississippi.

The pilot suffered a minor head injury and was airlifted to a Tupelo hospital for treatment, Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Director Kelly Campanella told news outlets. It appears he was the only person on board, investigators said.

First responders received a call from air traffic controllers saying they had lost contact with the Cessna plane just before 6 p.m., Campanella confirmed. A second call also came in from the pilot, she told WCBI-TV.

Photos from the scene near Starkville showed the small plane downed in between two trees and not far from a home.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will begin investigating Thursday morning, news outlets said.

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