Missing plane found in Arkansas County, manhunt underway

ARKANSAS COUNTY (KATV) - A missing plane being flown by a fugitive was found about 15 miles outside of Stuttgart.

Department of Correction officials have a dog on the ground to help in the manhunt after the suspect jumped out of the plane and ran away, according to the Arkansas County sheriff's office. The plane was found near Hunt and Boone Hill roads off of Highway 153 near the town of Casscoe.

Officials would not say what the fugitive was charged with or wanted for or what his name is. the Arkansas County sheriff identified him only as a white male with long hair and dark pants who might be barefoot. The Department of Homeland Security would confirm only that the suspect is not from Arkansas.

The only sign they have found of him since the plane crashed in Arkansas County is a sweater in a field they believe to be his.

Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington told Channel 7 News that the suspect flew into the Saline County airport Monday night. Deputies tried to arrest him there while he re-fueled but the suspect managed to get back in the air before they could reach him. Sheriff Pennington said the suspect nearly hit one of his deputies during that getaway. The suspect used a credit card for someone out of California. Investigators are not sure if it's his or if it was stolen.

He was not seen again until the plane was found in Arkansas County Tuesday morning.

The Federal Aviation Administration would not confirm if the plane was stolen.

Channel 7 has a crew in Arkansas County. Stay with for the latest as it develops.