Ada Pilot Killed in Plane Crash

DANVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Authorities have identified the pilot of a plane that crashed in an Arkansas cow pasture over the weekend, killing all aboard. Pilot Brandon Wayne Hughes of Ada was killed, along with Oklahoma Youth Expo director Justin Whitefield and Jenny Parton/

Youth Expo board chairman Bob Funk says Whitefield was returning from the Breeder's Cup in Louisville, Kentucky.

A friend of Parton's says she had been doing lobbying work for Whitefield. The name of the pilot hasn't been released.

Danville police Detective Kenneth Jackson says the three were aboard a six-passenger plane when the pilot reported engine trouble to air- traffic controllers.

Jackson says the plane went down in a farm cow pasture about two miles from the runway.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.


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