Search For Downed Plane Near Beaver Lake Called Off

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BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — The Rocky Branch Fire Department called off the search for a reportedly downed plane near Beaver Lake’s Rocky Branch Marina on Sunday (Oct. 8), shortly before 11 p.m.

Authorities said the search for the plane started when a water plane was performing touch-and-go landing and takeoff maneuvers on the lake.  Local fisherman are said to have seen the plane go down to skim the water’s surface, but did not see when it took off again.

Crews searched for the plane from Fords Creek to Prairie Creek and the Rocky Branch Marina.

Earlier in the evening, the Rogers Fire Department and other emergency crews investigated reports of a plane that may have crashed into the water at, or near, the marina.

Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins told 5NEWS they received a call about a plane that went into the lake near the marina.  “As of now we have not found any conclusive evidence that there is even a crash and it is circumstantial.”

The marina is six miles outside Rogers city limits and Jenkins said they cover that area even though it’s out of their area.