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NTSB to determine what role weather played in deadly crash

The plane crashed Tuesday in Alcorn County. The plane crashed Tuesday in Alcorn County.

By Jamel Major - bio | email

NEW ALBANY, MS (WMC-TV) - The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine whether the storms that blew through the Mid-South Tuesday morning were the cause of a deadly plane crash.

Dark and gloomy images from the sky above are what Charley Kyles, a photographer with TV 99, a local cable station in New Albany, captured on his video camera.

"I grabbed my camera and I was going to be a storm chaser," he said. "I was expecting to get a picture of a tornado. I expected it to drop down but it didn't do it."

According to Action News 5's Dave Brown, at that time, a tornado warning was issued for Alcorn County.

"But there was no tornado, and we never got any indication on our radar there was a tornado there," Brown said.

Even with no tornado, Kyles believes the weather was to blame for the deaths of James and Elizabeth Judson, the couple killed after they left Olive Branch Airport in their single engine plane Tuesday morning.  

Their plane crashed in Alcorn County a short time later.

"I feel like maybe it got involved with that storm," he said. "It tore the plane apart and it hit the ground."

Brown explained the weather that rolled through the Mid-South Tuesday morning.

"There were several lines that came through, and there was one about the time the plane would have been in the air. We suppose that would have been passing through Corinth - just west of Corinth - about 9:45 to 10.  We don't know if the plane was in that or not," Brown said.

Officials with the NTSB are still looking into the cause of the crash to determine if weather may have played a role.

NTSB officials say they expect to release more preliminary information regarding the cause of the crash as early as next week.

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