Plane Crashes Onto Highway 59 In Crawford County

CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — A private plane being used for a flying lesson crashed on Highway 59 in Crawford County Monday (July 1) afternoon.

The plane came down near Gun Club Road and Highway 59, according to witnesses. First responders are on the scene. No injuries have been reported. Traffic is still being directed at this time.

Brad Thomas, Crawford County Emergency Manager, said two people were on board the plane at the time of the crash, and they said the engine failed. 5NEWS spoke with the passenger in the plan, 18-year-old Hannah Gray. Gray says she was taking a flying lesson. The pilot has been identified as Mike Wilkerson.

"We're okay, so I'm gonna fly another day," Gray said.

According to the registry information from the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane is a Beech  A23 Fixed-Wing Single Engine plane made in 1965. The plane is registered to BAP Group LLC of Fort Smith, which provides commercial and industrial machinery and equipment as well as repair and maintenance.

Kevin Sharp with BAP Group confirmed with 5NEWS that the company did own the plane.

Stay with 5NEWS for this developing story.

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