Firefighting Plane Crashes in Hot Springs

Firefighting Plane Crashes in Hot Springs

05 August 2011

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USA — A firefighting plane has crashed in Hot Springs.

The aircraft slammed into two houses this afternoon near the 700 block of Main Street in a neighborhood just northeast of the city’s airport, Memorial Field.

The pilot survived the crash and is expected to be okay after being checked out at the hospital.

The two homes were damaged but no one else was hurt. The owner’s of one home are out of town on vacation but the other home was occupied at the time of the crash.

Officials say the plane was completely destroyed.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission tells KARK 4 that the aircraft was one of its contractor planes and belonged to Western Pilot Service.

The plane was loaded with water and about 10 gallons of foam when it went down.

It was on its way to fight a forest fire in Howard County.

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