2 Killed In Washington County Plane Crash Identified

The two people who died in an airplane crash just east of Springdale on Friday night have been identified as Searcy W. Harrell, 72, and Ruth Ann Hudson, 71, both of Camden.

Medical crews were called to the fatal plane crash at 5:46 p.m. near the intersection of Sonora Road and U.S. Highway 412, just east of Springdale, according to firefighters.

The two people who died in the crash were the pilot and a passenger. No one else was in the plane, and there were no other injuries, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A plane radioed in to air traffic control officials to say it was low on fuel, and it was the last time the aircraft made contact, a source told 5NEWS.

The plane was a King Air aircraft flying from Camden to Bentonville. It is owned by J&G Aviation in Camden, and is a turbo-prop built in 1981, records show.

Nob Hill fire units were also called to the scene, along with the Springdale Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities found the crash site shortly after 6 p.m., the Nob Hill fire chief told 5NEWS.

4 comments

  • Parrot Sarnoso

    Too many elderly people flying around. If you take a look the latest airplane crashes, people older than 70s were the pilots in command. The FAA should have a restriction in age.

  • Sherry Southward

    He should of looked at the gas gage and seen it was close to empty. Before ever taking off. Because of his carelessness someone else is gone. And now her family has to suffer the loss of a love one that wasn’t necessary. Had the pilot full filled his duty to check the plane over and make sure the plane was ready for flight !!! I feel sorry for the pilots family that loss their loved one.

  • Derek

    You fellow commenters are unfamiliar with aviation. This type of pilot erre is the #1 cause of private plane crashes and a very easy situation to find yourself in. Headwinds can be very strong and eat up fuel. A king air needs a decent size runway, too. Age has squat to do with it.

  • Glenn

    Searcy was a great pilot and was an avid walker, scuba diver, I am 20 years younger and he was probably in better shape maybe it was pilot error but I doubt it. There has to be a different explanation for this terrible accident.

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