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UPDATE: 3 killed in plane crash near Lakeview

Fatality confirmed by Baxter county sheriff

By Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Staff and Wire Reports

This article was originally published June 26, 2009 at 10:27 a.m. Updated June 26, 2009 at 1:57 p.m.

Plane crash claims 3 lives

Five on board small passenger plane

Gaston's White River Resort

— Authorities say an airplane crash in northern Arkansas near popular trout fishing site Gaston's White River Resort has killed three people.

In a statement, Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said three others were injured in the crash just after 9 a.m. Friday. Montgomery said one injured person was flown to a hospital in Springfield, Mo., and two others were taken to a hospital in Mountain Home.

Montgomery said two victims died at the scene and the third died at the Mountain Home hospital later in the day.

Witnesses at the scene told a reporter with the Baxter Bulletin that the Piper Cherokee Lance airplane was wobbling and tilting from side to side as tried to take off. They said the plane smashed through a fence at the end of the turf runway and crashed into a small grove of trees. The plane's fuselage apparently broke away and landed about 20 feet from other wreckage.

Nearby Bull Shoals Dam suspended power generation shortly after the crash.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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justdad says... June 27, 2009 at 12:40 a.m.

it is so sad to hear of such things life is to short as it is but the age of the young men that were killed in this crash along with the dad of one of them just makes it so much more sad. our harts and prayers go out to all that have been touched by this.

Rev J D Bates.

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