A plane reportedly traveling from Midway to Walnut Ridge crashed Monday afternoon in Izard County, resulting in the death of two male occupants. According to KAIT-TV, the victims’ names have not been released.
Izard County Office of Emergency Management Director Gary Dickerson says residents called 911 after seeing a plane flying low and hearing a crash shortly after. Dickerson says his office was notified around 2 p.m. of a plane going down in Franklin.
The Memphis International Airport reportedly notified local authorities of an emergency beacon out of that plane traveling from the Baxter County Airport to the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport. Emergency crews located the wreckage in a wooded area nearly 75 yards north of California Drive, removed two male bodies and released them to the local coroner.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has confirmed the aircraft is a 1978 Piper PA-38 Tomahawk. The two-seat, one-engine plane, owned by the Arkansas Pilot Development in Lonoke, had reportedly landed in Midway Monday morning after flying out of the Carlisle Municipal Airport in Lonoke County around 10 a.m.
The cause of the plane crash remains unknown. The NTSB and the Arkansas State Police have taken over the investigation.
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