Pilot Dies After Plane Crashes into Hangar at Bentonville Airport

Cheryl Sanders
September 1, 2016

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says initial reports indicate that the pilot may have lifted the nose of the airplane early to avoid another aircraft that had taxied onto the runway.

According to THV11's CBS affiliate, 5NEWS, the pilot of a plane that crashed at the Bentonville Municipal Airport on Wednesday morning has died.

"A guy I work with saw the wing go past and said look out and there was no time to react", he said.

Page said he did not know what caused the crash, which happened during takeoff. Instead, the F.A.A. says pilots alert each other over the radio when they are taking off and landing.

The plane crashed into a hangar just after 9:30 a.m.

Grimsley was the only person on board, and there were no other injuries, the news release stated.

The Bentonville Fire Department is responding to a call of a fire at the Bentonville Municipal Airport.

The crash severely damaged the plane, Page said.

This story is ongoing.

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