Two people aboard a
single-engine, two-place aircraft, were killed Saturday when it
went down just 300 yards from the Boone County (AR) Regional
Airport. There's no indication yet as to what caused the
Workers at a nearby softball complex said the aircraft appeared
to be "dumping fuel" [or, more likely, lost a fuel cap-Ed] before
it went down. They reported smelling avgas as they say it fell
Witnesses say the pilot was attempting to land with ceilings of
700 feet and visibility of about five miles. Arkansas Lt. Gov.
Winthrop Rockefeller's aircraft was standing by to land when the
accident occurred. Pilot Heather Kizer decided after the accident
that conditions were too low for her to land. Instead, she returned
to Little Rock.
It's reportedly the second major incident at Boone County in two
months. October 8th, two men survived when their aircraft impacted
the ground just short of the runway.