Emergency official: 3 dead in Arkansas small plane crash

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Posted: Oct 29, 2015 11:40 AM

POTTSVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A state emergency official says three people were killed when a small airplane crashed in a yard in western Arkansas.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Kathy Wright says the small plane crashed Thursday morning in a resident's yard near the town of Pottsville, about 70 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Wright says three people aboard the plane were killed. There were no reports of injuries on the ground, and Wright said she did not know how many people were on the plane.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says preliminary information shows the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza crashed shortly after takeoff from the Russellville Regional Airport at about 8 a.m. Thursday. Spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the plane was headed to Knoxville, Tennessee.

Lunsford says the aircraft was destroyed by fire.