WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report with new details regarding a recent deadly plane crash in Washington County.
The single-engine Cessna Plane departed Drake Field in Fayetteville and was traveling to McKinney, Texas about 8:45 p.m. Sept. 23.
The report states, “… the plane impacted terrain near Prairie Grove… it was a dark night, and visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan.”
On September 23, 2019, about 2045 central daylight time, a Cessna 150G, N4658X, impacted terrain near Prairie Grove, Arkansas. The private-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Wingnut Enterprises LLC, and operated by Tango Thirty One Aero Club under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Dark night, visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The cross-country flight originated from Drake Field (FYV), Fayetteville, Arkansas, with the destination of Aero Country Airport (T31), McKinney, Texas. According to preliminary information obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane departed FYV and requested flight following to T31. Shortly after departure, the airplane descended from radar coverage.
The report states, shortly after departure, the plane descended from radar coverage. The crashed plane was found a short time later in Prairie Grove.
A resident reported hearing a low-flying airplane and the sound of impact, according to the NTSB. The plane had hit several trees.
The pilot, Gabriel Hatton, of McKinney, Texas died at the scene, according to the NTSB.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the personal plane was registered to Wingnut Enterprises, LLC., and was operated by Tango Thirty One Aero Club, according to the report.