Police Pull Body from River following Afternoon Plane Crash in Little Rock

JANUARY 10, 2005 - Posted at 1:54 CST, updated at 3:24 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Police have pulled one body from the Arkansas River after a small plane crash this afternoon.

Little Rock police spokesman Sergeant Terry Hastings says two people were aboard the plane, which went down about 12:30 p.m.  Hastings says the plane crashed while trying to land at Little Rock National Airport.

Hastings says a witness saw the single-engine plane go into the water and called authorities.

Boats from the fire department and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department are on the river looking for the aircraft.

Hastings says some oil slicks have showed on the water, but the river is flowing so fast that officials have not found the wreckage.

KATV and KTHV television stations in Little Rock both report that 70-year-old Herbert Kirby of Pueblo, Colorado, owned the plane.  The stations report that Kirby left this morning on the aircraft for a trip to Destin, Florida and had to stop routinely to refuel.

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