A Polk County man died on Wednesday when the aircraft he was piloting crashed in a wooded area of rural southwest Jefferson County near the Grant County line, according to a news release from the Arkansas State Police.
Arkansas state troopers responded to a call of a downed aircraft at approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The initial report indicated the aircraft was a small single-engine plane.
The pilot, Phillip Sloan, 66, of Mena was pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police.
A passenger in the aircraft, Ross Goodner, 19, of Boles (Scott County) was injured in the crash and transported from the scene by ambulance and taken to a Pine Bluff hospital where he was admitted in stable condition, according to State Police.
The Arkansas State Police secured the crash scene, which is located inside a clear-cut area of the timberland. The Federal Aviation Administration will coordinate the investigation to determine the manner and cause of the crash.