Federal officials investigate fatal Conway plane crash

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board says the runway at Conway Municipal Airport was recently resurfaced, leaving no skid marks or clues as to what caused a plane to crash yesterday into a nearby home, killing two people.

Investigator Todd Fox said today there's little evidence on the runway to determine why pilot Hugh Rains crashed his Cessna Citation 500 into a home on Ingram Street, killing 71-year-old Janet Brady.

Fox says the weather conditions also will be looked at the investigation. It had rained shortly before Rains tried to land his plane.

Officials say a passenger on the plane, Gary Kulesus, survived the wreck. Brady's husband, J-V Brady, also survived the crash.

Both Kulesus and Brady were taken to a Conway hospital, where they were treated and released for their injuries. J-V Brady declined interviews today as he left his home to take his injured dog to the veterinarian.

Officials say the crash is yet another indication that Conway needs to move its airport to a nonresidential area.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig says preliminary information indicated that the aircraft "landed long" and the pilot was trying to take off again when he struck the house.

A similar accident happened at the Conway airport in 1990, when a co-pilot died in a crash of a small plane that hit a fence and a house while trying to land.

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