Small plane crashes in Crittenden County - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Small plane crashes in Crittenden County

A small airplane crashed in Crittenden County, killing the pilot and briefly knocking out electricity in parts of West Memphis. The twin engine plane clipped a power line and crashed into an earth mover at a construction site last night.

It crashed about 800 yards from a Union Pacific rail yard. The body of Joseph Wiley Spiers of Southhaven, Mississippi, was recovered from the site this morning, according to police. The plane was owned by McNeeley Charter Service, based out of the West Memphis airport.

Officers on the scene said the pilot had radioed air traffic controllers that he had some trouble with the aircraft and was turning around.

Marion police officer Brannon Hinkle saw the plane crash but was unable to get close to the plane because of the intense heat from a fire.

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