Four die in West Fork, Arkansas small plane crash

February 7th, 2010 - 2:36 pm ICT by BNO News  

WEST FORK, ARKANSAS (BNO NEWS) — Four people were killed when their Beechcraft A36 single-engine plane crashed in a field near West Fork, Arkansas on Saturday, officials said.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a witness that a small plane had crashed in the Brentwood Mountain area south of West Fork around 11.45 a.m. local time. When deputies and medical personnel arrived on scene, they discovered the aircraft.

The single-engine airplane left the Hot Springs Airport in Hot Springs around 11 a.m. en-route to Drake Field Airport in Fayetteville. It went down near Oak Grove Road in south Washington County.

The four fatalities were identified as 16-year-old Mary Cooper, 14-year-old Elizabeth Cooper, 57-year-old Martin Draper and 46-year-old pilot Edward Cooper. They were all from Hot Springs.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are on scene to investigate the crash. The bodies of the victims were released to the Washington County Coroner’s Office.

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