Two plane crashes in two central Arkansas counties

Perryville, Perry County: Authorities say two people have been killed in a plane crash near a forest in central Arkansas.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said Thursday law enforcement officers confirmed a debris field from a small aircraft about four miles south of Perryville. Lunsford says the single-engine Piper PA-28 seats four people but he and a Perry County Sheriff's dispatcher said they didn't know how if there were any others on board.

Perryville is located north of the Ouachita National Forest.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were en route to the crash, which was the second aircraft accident reported in Arkansas on Thursday.

A small airplane crashed just after takeoff from Clinton Municipal Airport, injuring two people.

Lunsford says the FAA also is investigating that crash.

Clinton, Van Buren County: Authorities say two people were hurt when a small airplane crashed near Clinton in central Arkansas.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the single-engine experimental Zodiac went down shortly after taking off from the Clinton Municipal Airport about 4:45 p.m. Thursday.

Lunsford says the two people on board the aircraft were hurt, but he didn't know the extent of their injuries. He said one person was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital.

According to FAA records, the plane is registered to a resident of Bee Branch.

Lunsford said the FAA will be investigating the cause of the crash.