Plane en route to Knoxville crashes, 4 dead

Courtesy: Russellville Courier

POTTSVILLE, Ark. (WATE) – Four people were killed when a small airplane that was en route to Knoxville crashed in a yard in western Arkansas.

Pope County Sheriff Shanes Jones said the plane crashed about 70 miles northwest of Little Rock Thursday morning  minutes after take-off. The bodies of all four passengers were found with the plane when emergency personnel arrived at the site of the crash.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says preliminary information shows the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza crashed shortly after takeoff from the Russellville Regional Airport at about 8 a.m. Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Kathy Wright says the small plane crashed Thursday morning in a resident’s yard near the town of Pottsville.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have taken over the investigation of the crash, according to Jones. He said the bodies of the passengers were turned over to a state crime lab for identification.

“This is a tragedy,” said Jones. “We have to understand that their are families today that are devastated and we need to keep them in our prayers.”

Jones said their was some fog near Crowe Mountain at the time of the crash, but the cause is still under investigation. He said the airplane was destroyed by a fire.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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