Conway police say the man flying the plane that crashed at Conway Municipal Airport was 65-year-old Robert Allen of Oxford, Miss. La Tresha Woodruff, public information officer for the Conway Police Department, said Allen is in critical condition at UAMS Medical Center.
The occupant of the plane that crashed at Conway Municipal Airport around noon was removed from the wreckage at 12:40 p.m. He was transported via air ambulance to UAMS Medical Center.
La Tresha Woodruff, public information officer for the Conway Police Department, said the male subject is alive but injured. She said the extent of his injuries are not known at this time.
She did not yet have the subject's name, she said.
"Witnesses say the plane left the airport and sounded like it had engine trouble," Woodruff said. "The plane turned back to the airport and crashed."
Woodruff said the man was the sole occupant of the plane.
Conway Fire Chief Bart Castleberry said at 2:45 p.m. that he did not know the identity of the man.
Castleberry said the occupant had to be removed from the wreckage using Holmatro rescue tools. "He was trapped significantly. It took a pretty good while to get him disentangled," Castleberry said.
Jim West of Conway Corp. said there were no damages to utilities in the crash. "It missed everything," he said.
A personal aircraft crashed just before noon at the Conway Municipal Airport. One man was injured.
A witness reported seeing the crash at the west end of the airport, and arrived at the plane, a Centurion, which was lodged with its tail end in the air. The witness saw a man in the plane who was alive but severely injured. The witness did not see anyone else in the plane.
First responders included the Conway Fire and Police Departments and MEMS. An air ambulance arrived at 12:20 p.m. to transport the plane's occupant, but as of 12:30, the man was still inside the plane.
Motorists are advised to avoid Sixth Street.