1 dead after airplanes collide in NE Arkansas

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PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) – Authorities say one person is dead and another injured after a collision between two agricultural airplanes in northeast Arkansas.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says a Grumman G164 and an Air Tractor crashed into each other around 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, about 16 miles southwest of Paragould.

Greene County deputy coroner Sammy Hays says the surviving person was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital. Hays says he doesn’t know the extent of that person’s injuries.

One person is believed to have been in each of the planes.

FAA records show the Air Tractor is a turbo-prop plane registered to Miles Flying Service in Jonesboro. A phone number for the company was busy Wednesday.

Lunsford says FAA investigators are en route and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.

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