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Two dead in Camden plane crash

Deputies with the Ouachita County Sheriff's Office confirm that two men, a pilot and passenger, died in a fiery plane crash at Camden Municipal Airport on Sunday night. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation. (Photo: KATV)

UPDATE (9/25): Authorities have now confirmed that two bodies were recovered from a plane crash in Camden on Sunday.

The victims have not been identified, however, the Arkansas National Guard confirms they were aviators based out of Camp Robinson.

Ouachita County officials say it is believed the plane encountered an issue after take-off and tried to turn back when it crashed.

"The pilot attempted to make a u-turn back onto the runway or the immediate area around the runway," said Lt. Justin Starnes, Ouachita County Sheriff's Office. "In turn, he over-corrected or I'm not quite sure exactly what happened in the air, that's undetermined at this time, and ended up landing the plane at a nose dive."

Starnes said from the nature of the crash, "there's no way anybody could have survived it."

The single-engine 1952 C-35 Beechcraft Bonanza had landed at Camden Municipal Airport to refuel, according to officials. The plane was registered to a man in Saline County, believed to be the pilot who died on board, according to a preliminary FAA report.

Both victims were badly burned in the crash, according to Starnes. OCSO is waiting to release the victim's names until their bodies have been positively identified by the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock.

ORIGINAL (9/24):

The Ouachita County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that one person is dead as a result of a plane crash that happened in Camden Sunday afternoon.

The accident happened at the Camden Municipal Airport, also known as Harrell Field. The airport has one runway, and according to the Camden Fire Department, the accident happened on the north end of the runway.

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