CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - At the Conway Airport, a plane lays on its side, leaning up against an empty, parked truck. Part of the plane's wing has broken though the fencing and crashed to the ground.
Wednesday, Latresha Woodruff with the Conway Police Department said the crash happened shortly after noon.
The pilot, 65-year-old Robert Allen, of Oxford, Miss., was the only person on board and had to be airlifted to UAMS, where he is in critical condition. Conway Airport workers said he was in town on business, but they're not exactly sure what it entailed.
Woodruff said he had to be extracted from the plane when emergency personnel arrived. He wasunconsciousbut came to during the rescue.
Witnesses say the plane that went down around 6th St. and Ingram St. Woodruff left the airport and sounded like it might have had engine trouble.
The pilot tried to turn around and land but clipped a tree and went through a fence at the airport.
As for the plane, Woodruff said it won't be moved until after the FAA investigation is done, but officers will be stationed at the crash site overnight to watch the plane.
Woodruff also said that another reason neighbors would be shaken up over this accident is the fact that another plane crash happened nearby a few years ago,which killed two people.