April 22, 2007--Posted at 9:10 pm CDT
COTTER- Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says two people are dead after a small airplane crashed at an airstrip near the White River in northern Arkansas.
The sheriff said Doug Beechel and Sharon Beechel of nearby Whiteville were killed when their single-engine plane went down about 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
The ages of the couple who died in the crash could not be learned this evening. Montgomery said witnesses reported that the plane was going in for a landing when it crashed between the private airstrip, called Valley Airfield, and a road that passes alongside the airport property.
The plane struck a power line and crashed beside the roadway, bursting into flames. The airfield is about three miles northwest of Cotter and about four miles southeast of Bull Shoals Dam.