Plane Crash: Arkansas Tower Lost Contact, Oklahoma Couple Killed

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 08:10 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A plane crash in Arkansas on Monday has left a husband and wife from Oklahoma dead.

Ivan Williams and his wife Adina of Pryor were traveling from Alabama to Claremore, Okla., when their plane crashed in Madison County, UPI.com reported.

The bodies were recovered by local authorities on Tuesday, one day after airport communications lost radar and radio contact with the couple at shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesperson Lynn Lunnsford said regarding the plane crash, local NBC affiliate KJRH.com reported.

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The crash site, TulsaWorld.com reported, was in a rural area approximately 13 miles south of Huntsville, Ark.

Several area residents described to reporters what they heard moments after the plane went down.

"It was a boom! [and] I thought what on earth is going on?" resident Phyllis Turner Sisk said, UPI.com reported.

It is unclear at this point what caused the plane to crash.

The FFA is currently conducting an investigation into the incident, noting in a statement that "the terrain is mountainous" where the plane crashed and it was "cloudy and rainy in the vicinity of where the plane disappeared."

TulsaWorld.com reported that Flight Aware, a live public aircraft-tracking website, recorded that the plane descended 900 feet in the final minute before it crashed, with its direction taking a sudden change from west to east and its speed increasing from 138 mph to 180 during its steep descent.

The couple was remembered Tuesday by family friend Oklahoma State Sen. Rick Brinkley.

"They were special people," Brinkley told Tulsa World. "Adina was so kind and loving. I’m just so sick for the family."

Williams, a CEO of a construction company in Pryor, was also remembered by the local Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Hawkins, who described them as a valuable asset to the community, Tulsa World reported.

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"They did a lot of (good) things for people that nobody knew about," Hawkins said. "They enjoyed life and their children."

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