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Small airplane flying in from Memphis crashes in Greers Ferry Lake

From the desk of Sheriff Scott Bradley


On September 30, 2014 the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Dept received a report of a downed aircraft

In the area of South Fork Recreation area.  At approx. 8:30 p.m., witnesses reported seeing a single engine aircraft flying over the area that appeared to be experiencing engine trouble.  The plane went down in the lake seconds later.


Ed Carnathan, of Eads Tn, left earlier this same evening in a single engine Cesna 182 flying to Heber Springs, Ar.  Mr Carnathan flew for approximately one hour arriving at the Heber airport. He was unable to land at Heber due to not seeing any runway lights, so he decided to land at the Clinton Airport.  It was a short time later that Mr. Carnathan started to experience engine trouble.  Feeling that an immediate landing was necessary, Mr. Carnathan decided that landing in the lake would be less dangerous than trying to find a road to safely land.  Mr. Carnathan set the plane down in the lake near point 14 where once stopped, he exited the plane and swam to the nearest bank.  Mr. Carnathan was quickly reached by Rescue Personnel and local volunteers.  Mr. Carnathan sustained no injuries from the incident and once spoken to by Sheriffs Investigators, was given a ride to his second residence in the Edgemont area.