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Claremore Bound Plane Found Crashed in Arkansas; No Survivors


A private plane flying from Alabama to Claremore has been found in a wooded area just east of the Oklahoma-Arkansas Border. The pilot and a passenger were both killed in the crash.

Major Blake Sasse with the Arkansas Civil Air Patrol tells KWGS News the wreckage was discovered this morning.

MAJOR SASSE: “A helicopter from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office located some wreckage of the airplane we had been searching for. A ground team, made up of several different agencies, went in and verified it was the plane.”

The plane disappeared from radar after the pilot radioed he was having problems yesterday afternoon. That was the last communication with the plane. Major Sasse says the wreckage was in a very wooded area.

MAJOR SASSE: “It was very wooded and difficult terrain, south of Huntsville. There were some weather issues going on in the area. I know we had a plane up last night with thermal imaging equipment trying to located signs of the aircraft, but that was difficult because of some thick ground fog.”

No names have been officially released. Sources say the victims were a husband and wife from Mayes County, Oklahoma.