Plane crashed within feet of major highway in Batesville

A plane crash in Batesville Tuesday evening nearly ended in the middle of a busy highway.

According to KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, photos sent in by a viewer show the plane just feet from Highway 167.

Batesville Police Chief Alan Cockrill said several people, including two pilots, were on board the plane when it crashed. Both pilots were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

As for how many passengers were on the plane, Cockrill said they did not have an exact number just yet.

According to Flight Aware, the Learjet 45 took off at 7:40 p.m. Monday from Batesville and landed at 8:08 p.m. in Fayetteville.

It then flew back to Batesville at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday before taking off 20 minutes later for Waterloo, Iowa, where it at 10:19 a.m.

The jet left Waterloo Regional Airport at 5:57 p.m. with a scheduled landing in Batesville at 7:10 p.m.

It is not clear how the plane crash occurred and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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