The pilot of the plane that crashed just outside Danville, Ark., has been identified as Brandon Wayne Hughes, 26, of Ada.
The six-passenger plane was also transporting Oklahoma Youth Expo Executive Director Justin Whitehead, 34, and Jenny Parton, 37, both of Oklahoma, when it crashed, killing all three. According to an Associated Press article, the plane stopped to refuel in Little Rock, Ark., before continuing on to Oklahoma City.
At about 11 p.m. Saturday air-traffic control received a report of engine trouble, and the plane crashed shortly after in a cow pasture just two miles away from the Danville airport. According to the same article, Whitehead, who was taking flying lessons from Hughes, purchased the plane less than one week ago.
Hughes was employed by Bob Cantrell Enterprises. “He was an extremely fine young man, one of the finest I had met, and he was an excellent pilot,” Cantrell said. Cantrell stated he would not answer any further questions about Hughes until he had spoken to Hughes’s family.
The crash is currently being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.