Apparent Mechanical Failure Results in Deadly Plane Crash

The pilot of the small plane sent out a distress call moments before the crash.
1:12 | 05/17/16

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plane crash. The pilot of a small plane, sending out an urgent distress call today that smoke was filling the cockpit. Tonight, you will hear the emergency call. Authorities say that plane then narrowly missed a neighborhood as it came down. Here's ABC's Steve osunsami. Reporter: Federal aviation authorities are at this tragic scene tonight, just outside the tupelo airport, trying to figure out what brought down the private plane just seconds after takeoff. We got smoke in our cockpit, we need to come back -- Reporter: Right before the crash, the pilot radioed back the frightening distress call, saying he had smoke up front. I've got some smoke in the cockpit. Reporter: The plane, bound for Virginia, crashed into this field, where they say it sounded like thunder. It barely missed hitting nearby homes. I could see the smoke from over there and it was just so -- it was so black. Reporter: Firefighters who raced to the scene found the remains of the four victims, pieces of the plane on fire and little else. There's quite a bit of debris. It could have been some mechanical problems or something that caused this plane crash. Reporter: The names of the people killed, gathered from flight records, haven't been released. The coroner says he'll need DNA to make a positive I.D. David? Steve osunsami with us tonight.

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