STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi businessman and his grandson died in the crash of a vintage single-engine airplane Wednesday in a wooded area northeast of Starkville.
Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt told news outlets that Gary Dedeaux and 13-year-old Luke Reed were pronounced dead at the scene.
Dedeaux took off from West Point Municipal Airport at about 3 p.m. flying a T-6, West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said. The crash occurred about 30 minutes later.
The Commercial Dispatch reported that Dedeaux was an experienced pilot, and it was one of three planes he owned and kept at the airport. He was a city selectman in West Point from 2013-17. and owned pawn shops in West Point and Columbus.
Luke Reed was an eighth grader at Oak Hill Academy in West Point. WCBI-TV reported that pastors were at the school Thursday.