Ivan, Adina Williams, couple killed in plane crash in northwest Arkansas, leave lasting legacy

MADISON COUNTY, Ark. - Federal Aviation Administration officials have confirmed the owner of the private plane found crashed in northwest Arkansas Tuesday morning and his wife were killed onboard.

Ivan B. Williams III and Adina Beth Williams, of Pryor, were flying back from Alabama on the couple's newly purchased Piper Saratoga when they encountered cloudy, rainy skies, ultimately losing radio contact and crashing into a wooded Arkansas hillside.

Ivan Williams purchased the plane from a North Carolina group just over a month ago, according to FAA records.

Williams and his wife Adina celebrated 60 years of business for Williams Construction, a successful construction company that boasts four generations of Williams.

The business has completed many well-known projects, from the structural concrete for the BOK Center to the parking garage for the Cox Business Center to the Will Rogers Memorial Library in Claremore.

Ivan Williams, who graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1972, even won "Builder of the Year" three times.

Search crews spent much of Monday afternoon and early morning Tuesday looking for the plane, which some nearby believe they heard collide into a hillside around 2:30 p.m.

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An FAA spokesperson said controllers lost communication with the plane's operator just before the crash. The sky was cloudy and rainy, with poor visibility likely.

Upon finding the plane, the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered, the Madison County sheriff announced. Neither he nor his department would identify the bodies for several hours. The two were identified later Tuesday evening.

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