United Regional doctor, three others die in plane crash

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:40 p.m.

Midwestern State University, where 23-year-old biology student Anna Calhoun attended, released a statement following the news of her passing:

The MSU Texas family is deeply saddened to learn of the death of student Anna Calhoun in private plane crash Tuesday night. On behalf of the University, we express our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and classmates during this very difficult time.

Anna was a junior biology student at MSU Texas who planned to attend physician assistant school upon graduation.

News of this tragic loss may be difficult to process and affect many members of our campus community. Anyone in need of support is encouraged to use University resources provided by the Counseling Center. They may be reached at 940-397-4618.

Statement from Midwestern State University

United Regional, where Dr. Louis Provenza practiced, also released a statement following the news:

We are so very saddened about the loss of Dr. Louis Provenza. He has touched the lives of so many and will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, colleagues, and the many people of this community he helped heal.

Statement from United Regional Health Care System

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:12 p.m.

According to the GoFundMe website, Standley was inside the home with his wife, daughter and grandson when the plane crashed into the home. His wife, daughter and grandson were able to escape with minor injuries.

The GoFundMe stated Standley and his wife had just celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary. He was an assistant pastor for his church.

If you would like to donate to the Standley family, click here.


UPDATE: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:15 p.m.

Officials with the University of Southern Mississippi said three people on a plane from Wichita Falls that crashed into a home in Hattiesburg were headed to a family member’s graduation.

Dr. Louis Provenza, Anna Calhoun and Harper Provenza, all of Wichita Falls, died Tuesday night after their plane crashed around 11:30 p.m.

USM officials said a student at their university was related to the three who died, and they were coming to Hattiesburg to attend Wednesday’s commencement ceremony.

“My heart breaks for our student and her family, and for our community members and their family,” USM President Rodney Bennett said in a statement.  “The University extends our deepest condolences and our thoughts and prayers to all those who are affected by this tragedy during this time of great loss.”


HATTIESBURG, Miss. (KFDX/KJTL) — Four people have died after a plane that departed from Wichita Falls crashed into a home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Tuesday night just before 11:30 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are currently investigating the cause of the crash.

According to the FAA, a twin-engine Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 crashed into the home. Three people were aboard. Investigators said the flight departed Wichita Falls Regional Airport in Texas.

Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict confirmed the victims as:

  • Louis Provenza, 67, of Wichita Falls
  • Harper Provenza, 2, of Wichita Falls
  • Anna Calhoun, 23, of Wichita Falls
  • Gerry Standley, 55, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Provenza was a board-certified neurosurgeon and fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgery practicing at United Regional Physician Group.

Calhoun was a student at Midwestern State University majoring in biology, according to Julie Gaynor, Marketing Director at MSU.

Local authorities said Standley died when the plane crashed into his home.

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