LONOKE COUNTY, Ark.-A man is dead after a plane he was flying crashed in Lonoke County.
It happened on Hickory Hills Drive off Highway 5. After the plane crashed, the Ward Fire Department put out the flames.
The Sheriff’s office confirmed the pilot, Reagan Whitlow, 45, was a retired Lt. Colonel from the Air Force.
The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office and the FAA were on the scene Wednesday afternoon. They will continue to stand by until The National Transportation Safety Board arrives.
“Today at approximately 2:40 we got a call about a small plane crash and deputies were dispatched out,” Cpt. David Bufford said.
Hickory Hills Drive off Highway off Highway 5 was turned into a crime scene after a fatal plane crash Wednesday afternoon.
“Anything like this car crashes, kids its always hard on us. We have to put aside for a while and we just kind of gone home and talk to our loved ones and hug them and uh just kind of deal with it in our own ways,” Cpt. Bufford said.
The FAA said Whitlow took off from Sherwood early on Wednesday.
“He does live in one of the residences,” Cpt. Bufford said.
The small one engine plane landed in the back-yard of a home on Hickory Hills Drive next to a pond.
“It’s not in the pond but right next to the pond. It went and I’m guessing about 100 feet that’s normal in a case like this,” Cpt. Bufford said.
The National Transportation Safety Board will pick up on the investigation Thursday morning.
“Our detectives set up for parts of the plane, set up evidence numbers and marked with paint where they are at. We’ve more less set up the scene for the NTSB for when they arrive,” Cpt. Bufford said.
Detectives said it’s always tough when someone loses their life.
“It’s horrible. You know it’s hard on the family but it’s also hard on the first responders we come out and we see these things and we all have family and friends and it’s hard. It’s hard,” Cpt. Bufford said.
Thursday, detectives from NTSB will lead the investigation and try to determine exactly how the plane crashed.