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Two Bodies, Missing Plane Discovered on Hillside

MADISON COUNTY, AR-- Madison County Sheriff confirmed the plane was found Tuesday morning.
Madison County Sheriff debriefing crews after plane was found
Madison County Sheriff debriefing crews after plane was found
Mennonite disaster service on scene.
Mennonite disaster service on scene.
MADISON COUNTY, AR-- Madison County Sheriff confirmed the plane was found Tuesday morning.

Officials have not released details on where the aircraft was found but say it was discovered at 8:48a.m. by police.  Sheriff's deputies spent Monday afternoon looking for the plane which went missing in around 2:14p.m. around the Pettigrew area.  A ground crew found the plane according to Glenn Weller with TriState Patrol.

"It was spread out. It's not all in one area, it's a long strung out area out there," said Rusty Johnson. Johnson was with the crew that found the scene on Tuesday morning. "The largest piece was no bigger than me," said Johnson.  "We were glad we found it real quick this morning," said Johnson. "We had a lot of people out here and a lot of time had already been spent and for the families" said Johnson.

Glenn Wheeler with Tri County Search and Rescue said the plane was hard to find because it broke apart as it crashed into the hillside.

"The wreckage was scattered over 100 yards. They crashed into a wooded area. It would have been really hard to spot from the air because it was in small pieces," said Wheeler.

The bodies of the husband and wife on board were found.  The couple, from Pryor, Oklahoma, were the only passengers. According to the Sheriff, trees at the site had been clipped and weather may have been a factor.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is on the way to investigate the crash site which is on a hill on private property.

KJRH in Tulsa reports that the plane took off out of Alexander City, Alabama, KALX, yesterday morning. The GM of the airport, Mike Smith said he thinks that may have established radar contact around the Sylacauga Airport after taking off.


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