(Mountain Home) – No injuries were reported in a small light plane crash on the afternoon on Sunday, July 29, at the air strip at Gaston’s Resort along the White River near Lakeview.
The Baxter County 911 Center received the call at approximately 2:30 PM, and according to a report from the sheriff’s office, the pilot of a 2008 4 seat Cirrus CSR 22 aircraft, identified as 30-year-old Jordan Smith of Kansas City, and two passengers on board, 23-year-old Matthew Stengel of Springfield, Missouri in the front and 28-year-old Casey Stengel, was attempting to take off from Gaston’s when the plane encountered difficulties and veered to the right. The plane’s wings struck some trees, and the aircraft then traveled approximately 50 yards and came to rest in some hedges near cabin number 71. The plane sustained heavy damage, but again there were no injuries reported.
The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted, and representatives from that agency will be coming to the location to investigate the crash. An officer with the Lakeview Police Department assisted at the scene.