Update: Plane Accident at Batesville Regional Airport

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A small airplane a Texas couple loaded with presents for a visit to Arkansas crashed Wednesday afternoon, sending the pair to a hospital, officials said.

The Beech B55 crashed just before 2 p.m. at Batesville Municipal Airport, said Sonya Davis, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. Davis said the twin-engine plane typically has four seats inside, but the couple took two out to load the craft with presents for their trip.

Davis said the couple, who she declined to identify, were being treated at a local hospital. She did not know their condition. She said the man and the woman were the only ones on the plane.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the crash site and roped off the plane from onlookers, Davis said. She said the aircraft came to rest off the runway and the airport remained open for other traffic coming in.

Roland Herwig, an FAA spokesman, said the plane sustained "substantial damage" in the crash.

"Preliminarily, we're saying it happened while landing," Herwig said.

The 1971 Beech aircraft is registered to Benny W. Green of Rockwall, Texas. Green did not return a call for comment left at his home.

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