Private plane bound for Claremore Regional Airport never arrives, goes missing near Huntsville, Ark.

UPDATE 9:23 a.m. -- KNWA reports that search crews have found the plane.  The location has not yet been released.  Stay with for updates.


HUNTSVILLE, Ark. -- A private plane set to arrive at Claremore Regional Airport Monday afternoon never arrived, an official has confirmed.

Eric Winn, with the Claremore Regional Airport, said he received a call that the six-seat, single-engine Piper Saratoga may have crashed near Huntsville, Ark.

Lynn Lunnsford, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, said late Monday night controllers lost radar and radio contact with the plane shortly after 2 p.m.

Two people are believed on board, according to Lunnsford.

Lunnsford said the sky was cloudy and rainy and the terrain is mountainous where the plane disappeared.

The plane, which had a 3 p.m. arrival time, was flying from Sylacauga, Ala., according to flight records.

KNWA, 2NEWS' NBC affiliate in northwest Arkansas, reported late Monday night that a ground search in the Huntsville area of Madison County had been called off for the night with no sign of the aircraft.

KNWA is also reporting the plane, registered out of North Carolina to Aircraft Holdings, may have sold the plane in September to someone from Oklahoma. Federal Aviation online records, however, still show the Kernersville, N.C. company owns the plane.

An expanded search began at daybreak Tuesday morning.  More than 150 people were expected to participate in the search.

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