Plane crashes in Clarksville Monday shortly after eclipse


An airplane crashed near Clarksville Municipal Airport in Johnson County on Monday.

The crash happened on the afternoon of April 8, shortly after Clarksville experienced totality during a solar eclipse. According to Clarksville Airport Manager Jim Looney, the plane went down about 15 minutes after the solar eclipse, and the passengers had flown into the area from Springdale to witness totality. The twin-engine prop plane reportedly lost power in one of the engines during takeoff and landed in a wooded area. Four people were on board at the time of the crash and though injuries were reported, none were life-threatening. Looney said the pilot was able to walk out of the aircraft with a head injury, but the three passengers had to be pulled from the plane. Johnson County Sheriff Tom Hughes confirmed that all four people were sent to nearby hospitals.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said they will work with the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) on the investigation.

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