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Small plane crashes in Eastern Arkansas

A small plane crash in Forrest City, Arkansas, Saturday morning sent two victims to a Memphis hospital and has authorities questioning what went wrong with the plane.

Paramedics took Betty Sanders and Vester Wroten to The Med. Sanders died, and Worten is listed in critical condition.

The fixed-wing single-engine plane crashed into a cotton field just across from the airport in Forrest City.

Letha Hines was driving into the town when the plane flying overhead caught her eye. "I said to myself, 'the plane is very low to be taking off'."

Hines says it looked like the pilot tried to turn around to go back toward Forrest City, and then crashed.

"After a few minutes he went down to the ground. Dust flew parts of the plane flying," said Hines."Boom! Like it just flew apart."

Hines immediately called 911. "I knew when someone coming down like that, someone either hurt or killed."

Hines says she was glad she was passing through at the right time. She says she appeared to be the only person out there.

Investigators came out to ask Hines about what she saw.

She says from her perspective she didn't hear or see anything that indicated engine trouble."It sounded okay...didn't sound like it was missing anything. I thought it was going to keep going."

The plane is owned by Robert Hale from Reno, Nevada, but that man was not one of the passengers.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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