Plane crashes at Gaston's Resort

Published: Jul. 30, 2012 at 2:22 PM CDT
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BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – Three people escaped injury Sunday afternoon when their small plane crashed at Gaston's Resort near Lakeview, according to the Baxter County Sheriff's Office.

Corporal Edward Elliott said the 2008 4-seat Cirrus CSR 22 was attempting to take off when it began having trouble and veered to the right.

The plane's wings then clipped several trees before coming to a stop in front of several cabins.

The pilot, 30-year-old Jordan Smith of Kansas City, Missouri, and his passengers, 23-year-old Matthew Stengel and 28-year-old Casey Stengel of Springfield, were not injured.  The plane, however, sustained heavy damage.

According to Corporal Elliott, the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and is expected to investigate.

The plane was registered to RTJ Aircraft, Inc. of Wilmington, Delaware.

An officer with the Lakeview Police Department assisted at the scene.

Photos provided by Baxter County Sheriff's Office.

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