Update: Pilot Killed In Plane Crash Was Retired Lt. Colonel In Air Force

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LONOKE COUNTY, Ark.-A man is dead after a plane he was flying crashed in Lonoke County.
It happened on Hickory Hills Drive off Highway 5. After the plane crashed, the Ward Fire Department put out the flames.

The Sheriff’s office confirmed the pilot, 45 year-old Reagan Whitlow was a retired Lt. Colonel from the Air Force.

Authorities said Whitlow was flying the single engine plane out of Sherwood. It caught fire and landed in a back-yard near a pond. The Ward Fire Department responded and put of the flames.

The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office said it’s always tough when someone loses a life.

“It’s horrible. You know it’s hard on the family but it’s also hard on the first responders we come out and we see these things and we all have family and friends and it’s hard. It’s hard,” Cpt. David Bufford said.

The FAA and deputies will remain on scene. On Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board will take over the investigation and work to determine exactly how the plane crashed.

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