JULY 26, 2006 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CDT
WALNUT RIDGE, AR - Federal investigators say pilot error caused the July 17 crash of a small airplane near Walnut Ridge that killed the pilot and a passenger.
Pilot Jason "Kyle" Heard of Walnut Ridge and passenger Robert A. Blakeney of Hoxie were killed when the single-engine 1946 Piper aircraft crashed in a field alongside Highway 91 about ten miles south of Walnut Ridge.
Federal investigators say Heard lost control of the airplane while flying at a low altitude.
Witnesses told investigators they saw the plane flying low several minutes before it crashed. The weather was clear and winds only about five miles per hour.