One person killed, one hospitalized after plane crashed into Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs

A Garland County sheriff's unit blocks the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Port-Au-Prince following a plane crash Monday morning. - Photo by James Leigh of The Sentinel-Record
A Garland County sheriff's unit blocks the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Port-Au-Prince following a plane crash Monday morning. - Photo by James Leigh of The Sentinel-Record

One person was killed and another was hospitalized in a plane crash on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, according to the Garland County sheriff's office.

The sheriff's department said in a release that it has identified the two occupants of Monday's plane crash into Lake Hamilton as passenger Denise Jones, 23, and the pilot, Daniel Dale Jones, 49, both of Kentucky.

Daniel Dale Jones was recovered unresponsive at the scene and pronounced deceased, according to a spokesperson for the Garland County sheriff's office. 

Denise Jones was initially transported to a local hospital and then flown to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, according to the sheriff's office release.

"It has been confirmed that they were en route to the Hot Springs Airport and their last location is being investigated by the FAA as well as the reason for the distress call," the release said.

Two people recovered from plane that crashed into Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs 11:18 a.m.:

The Garland County Sheriff’s Office says rescuers have recovered a woman from the plane that crashed in Lake Hamilton on Monday and brought her to a local hospital for treatment.

Divers with the Hot Springs Fire Department recovered a male passenger from the airplane. His condition is unknown. 

At 8:09 a.m. the Garland County Communication Center received a phone call about a small engine airplane that went down into Lake Hamilton in the area of 161 Port Au Prince. Multiple agencies responded.

Authorities with the Hot Springs Airport stated a call was made from the airplane to their flight tower. The plane had been traveling from Kentucky and was requesting permission to land due to aircraft distress. 

— Arkansas Democrat-Gazette staff

9:38 a.m.: Plane submerged after crashing into Lake Hamilton

A plane crashed into Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs Monday morning and was completely submerged. There was no immediate word on injuries.

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Emergency personnel are currently at the scene of the plane crash, which occurred in the 100 block of Port-Au-Prince Street off Lakeshore Drive that occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Monday.

Garland County Sheriff's Deputy Courtney Kizer confirmed there was a plane crash. Piney, Lake Hamilton, the sheriff's department and Hot Springs Fire Department all responded to the scene. The call came in at approximately 8:09 a.m. about the crash.

The plane went in about 100 feet off the shore and is completely submerged. Divers were reportedly at the scene.

— Steven Mross, The Sentinel Record


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