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No injuries reported in small plane crash in Jonesboro

Published: Jun. 10, 2015 at 9:55 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2015 at 7:35 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Investigators will look into the cause of a small plane crash in a business parking lot in Jonesboro.

A small-engine plane crash landed in the parking lot of a business center at the corner of Red Wolf Blvd. and E. Highland Dr. early Wednesday morning.

Jonesboro police were called to the scene and an officer met with pilot Kenneth Caubble and passenger Harrison Caubble, both of Jonesboro, around 5:45 a.m.

Kenneth Caubble told the officer the pair were flying to Oklahoma when the plane "began to fly strangely," according to the Jonesboro police report.

Caubble decided to turn the plane back to get to the airport. However, the engine began to stall.

The report states Caubble said he landed the plane safely in the parking lot, but "struck a metal post which tore the right wing off of the plane, then struck a second pole causing the plane to flip over and catch fire."

The Jonesboro Fire Department arrived shortly after to put out the fire.

Both pilot and passenger were able to get out of the aircraft and were not injured.

Caubble said both he and his son are pilots and their training kicked in when they realized they may not make it back to the airport. He described what it was like in the cockpit.

"Just pretty calm," Caubble said."I think we both stayed calm until we were upside down and saw the flames behind us. Then we were kicking our way out trying to get out of the plane."

Police say businesses in the shopping center near the crash site will be open. 

According to online records, the plane is 1976 Piper Cherokee Arrow (piston-single) PA-28R-200, fixed wing single-engine aircraft.

It was registered to C&S Aviation LLC of Jonesboro on April 17.

C&S Aviation on Lindberg Dr., according to its Facebook page, has been providing flight training and aircraft rentals, sales and management services since early April.

The last successful flight the plane made was on June 5 from the Jonesboro Municipal Airport to Adams Field in Little Rock, according to FlightAware.com.

A representative from the Federal Aviation Administration has been sent to inspect the scene.

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