- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The manager of the Russellville airport says the pilot of a plane that crashed into Crow Mountain and killed all four on board apparently did not radio for help.

Keith Frazier told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that there are no known distress calls from the pilot.

The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza crashed into the mountain near Pottsville and burned shortly after takeoff just before 8 a.m. Thursday on a flight bound for Knoxville, Tennessee. The names of the four have not been released pending positive identification by the state medical examiner’s office.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Mike Folkerts arrived Friday to begin collecting evidence, but said many items will not be able to be tested due to fire damage. He said a preliminary report is expected in about 10 days.

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