Arkansas plane crash victims were 2 Jonesboro residents

HARRISBURG (AP) – Two people killed in the crash of a twin-engine plane in rural northeastern Arkansas have been identified as Jonesboro residents, according to local authorities.The Monday morning crash near Weiner, about 97 miles northeast of Little Rock, killed pilot Sean Wesley Stem, 52, and passenger Nickoles Lee Warren, 41, Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder said in a statement Thursday.

The aircraft took off from Jonesboro and had been headed to Conway.

The plane caught fire during takeoff then crashed, but the reasons have not been determined, according to an initial report by the Federal Aviation Administration. The National Transportation Safety Board also attended the scene but has yet to report on a cause.

The bodies were sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Little Rock, according to Molder.

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