Ocean Springs Couple Survive Single Engine Plane Crash In Pascagoula

An Ocean Springs couple is lucky to be alive tonight after their plane crashed at Pascagoula's Northrop Grumman Shipyard.

It happened about 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Ocean Springs residents Gary and Misti Fredrickson were flying around the Coast in a single engine Cessna 172-C.

Police reports say their engine completely failed, and Fredrickson attempted to land the plane.

The surface is very soft and when they landed, the plane rolled upside down. Amazingly, the couple was not injured. They landed just a few hundred feet away from the Pascagoula River.

Capt. Jamie Hunter with the Pascagoula Police Department said, "Going to the scene, we imagined the worst possible. But we were greatly relieved to find out there were no injuries in this incident. Of course, with the situation in the country today, the first concern is that is this some type of terrorist act? But in this case, it was just a simple case of mechanical failure."

Captain Hunter said this is only the second plane crash he's seen in Pascagoula in more than 30 years.

Northrop Grumman Spokesman Bill Glenn said the shipyard is grateful that the Frederickson's were not injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the crash.