Howard County Sheriff’s Office
June 13, 2010
From Sheriff Butch Morris
On June 13, 2010 at approximately 10:01 A.M. the Howard County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Mickey Davis concerning a possible air plane crash 6 miles west of Umpire in the Howard County Wildlife Management Area. The caller stated that he heard a low flying air plane and then heard a loud noise and after that he did not hear the air plane anymore.
Officers from the Howard County S.O., Dierks P.D., Cossatot State Park, and the Arkansas Game and Fish went to the area to try to locate the downed air plane. Air Evac was called to assist in locating the crash site. The Howard County Ambulance was sent to the scene also. The crash site is located in a remote area near the Cossatot River in northern Howard County. The crash site was located at approximately 12:02 P.M. Officers found no survivors at the scene. The air plane involved in the crash is a 1977 Piper Fixed Wing Single Engine.
The Howard County Coroner’s Office has removed the victims from the scene and the investigation is being conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Arkansas State Police, Howard County S.O. and the Howard County Coroner’s Office.
Officers have learned through family members that the four people in the air plane crash had left the DeQueen Airport on Sunday morning in route to Gaston, Ar. to meet with friends on the White River. Family members have confirmed that the four victims of the crash are Michael Lee Hunt age 45 and his wife Terri J. Hunt age 46 of 133 E. Robinson Road DeQueen, Ar. and Carl Edwin Davis age 52 and his wife Carolyn Trusley Davis age 51 of 107 Greenwood Circle DeQueen, Ar.