DEQUEEN, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) – UPDATE: The Sevier County Arkansas Sheriff’s Office has confirmed one dead and one is in critical condition at a Little Rock Hospital after the Cessna 310 airplane they were flying crashed near DeQueen late Sunday afternoon.
Sevier County Sheriff’s Chief Depaty Chad Dowdle said the victims, both males and residents of Sevier County, were in their late 60s or early 70s, but declined to identify them.
The aircraft crashed into a field about a mile south of the airport in DeQueen around 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Dowdle said the land owner heard the crash, and walked outside to see the plane in flames.
Dowdle said first responders were able to extinguish the fire and rescue one of the men, but the other was deceased. He said investigators have not identified which of the men was flying the airplane at the time of impact.
Investigators from the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) will be in Sevier County Tuesday to investigate the crash and will issue a preliminary report following the investigation.
It could take as long as a year for the final report to be published.
In addition to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, the Arkansas State Police Troop G troopers responded to the crash.