FAA Flight Standards District Office: LITTLE ROCK
AIRCRAFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE VICINITY OF GURDON, ARKANSAS
Aircraft Make: COLUMBIA
Aircraft Model: LC41
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
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CLARK COUNTY (KATV) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirms two people have died in a plane crash in Clark County.
The single engine plane was reported missing Thursday afternoon. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirms the wreckage was located just after 3 p.m., six miles southeast of Gurdon at Red Springs and Overby roads.
The Columbia LC41-550FG aircraft took off from McKinney, Texas, at approximately 11:45 a.m. and was headed to Franklin, North Carolina.
During the flight, the FAA has advised they last heard communication from the plane as the pilot reported engine trouble.
Approximately 30 to 40 people from multiple agencies searched to find the plane wreckage. Many had to use ATVs to navigate the swampy area.
"It was just right in the middle of the swamp," says Michael Dillard. "It was just terrible."
The names of the victims have not yet been released.
The NTSB will have a team at the wreckage on Friday to investigate the crash.
CLARK CO., Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says two people are dead after an aircraft registered to a Charlotte corporation crashed in Arkansas.
The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) reported that a plane went missing Thursday afternoon east of Gurdon, Arkansas.
Emergency management officials say two people are confirmed dead after the plane crashed in a field near the Gurdon Airport.
The pilot of the plane reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the aircraft had engine trouble. The plane began to descend and FAA reported the signal was lost.
Officials with the AFRCC say the plane had the tail number of N972JK was last seen at the coordinates of 3354.2 N, 09303.3 W. The FAA registry site reports that the plane was a 10-year-old fixed wing single-engine plane.
The registered owner of the plane is JMK3 Lands LLC out of Charlotte, North Carolina. The business is listed as being owned by James M. Kent, III, though it's not clear who was on board the aircraft at the time of the crash.
Reports say the aircraft was traveling from Dallas, Texas to Franklin, North Carolina.
Two people were killed Thursday when a single-engine aircraft crashed near an airport in southwest Arkansas, according to the state Department of Emergency Management.
Authorities say the Columbia LC41-550FG plane bound for Franklin, N.C., crashed west of the Gurdon Lowe Field Airport and about 4 miles east of Gurdon in Clark County.
The aircraft, which departed from McKinney, Texas, had been confirmed missing Thursday afternoon.
Melody Daniel, an Emergency Management department spokesman, said her agency received a report from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at 1:23 p.m. of an aircraft that had reported engine trouble.
The plane reportedly then began descending, and soon after, the Federal Aviation Administration lost contact with the pilot, Daniel said.
In a statement, the FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said the two people killed were the only people inside the plane at the time.
"The FAA will send a team to the crash site to begin an investigation in coordination with the National Transportation Safety Board," Molinaro said.
The identities of the victims were not released as of Thursday afternoon.
Requests for additional information were directed to the Clark County sheriff's office, which said it would release details regarding the crash later in the day.