GARDON, Ark., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Two people were killed when their twin-engine Cessna airplane headed from Dallas to North Carolina crashed in a swamp in Arkansas, officials said.
The name of the pilot and lone passenger have not been released, but the aircraft, a four-seat Cessna 400, was registered to a North Carolina construction company.
Aviation officials said the pilot radioed to air traffic controllers in Memphis and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center the plane was having engine trouble, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The plane was last seen on radar at 1:38 p.m. local time over Gardon, Ark., not far from a small airport in the town.
It was unclear whether the pilot was aware of the landing possibility.
The Clark County Sheriff's Office and Arkansas State Police initiated a search for the wreckage and located the downed aircraft in a swamp Thursday afternoon, not long after the crash was reported.
The aircraft left Dallas at 11:45 a.m. and was headed to Franklin, N.C., where it was scheduled to land just after 4:30 p.m.