Prominent Camden banker and lawyer Searcy W. Harrell Jr., 72, was one of two people killed in an airplane crash near Springdale on Friday afternoon.
Also killed was his passenger, Ruth Ann Hudson, 71, also of Camden.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said that the bodies of both victims will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine causes of death.
The twin-engine Beechcraft King Air that crashed was owned by J&G Aviation, 1516 Edgewood, of Camden, according to aircraft records.
Harrell is the registered agent for the corporation that owns the aircraft. Harrell is a certified private pilot with single and multi-engine and instrument ratings.
Harrell, 72, owns Harrell Bancshares, a bank holding company which operates FirstBank locations in Hampton, Camden, Junction City and, most recently, Rogers and Siloam Springs.
Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Harrell to fill a 13-month vacancy in the 13th Judicial District, replacing Judge Susan Hickey, who was appointed to the federal bench. The term expired in December 2013.
News media said that that aircraft’s pilot was in radio contact air traffic controllers before he crashed. He told them that he was low on fuel. The aircraft crashed south of U.S. 412 near Bennington Road east of Springdale at approximately 5:40 p.m.
The Beechcraft King Air is usually configured for nine seats. It has a pressurized cabin and a cruising speed of about 200 mph. It is a favorite turboprop aircraft in general aviation.
Records indicated that the aircraft was built in 1981.