Jake Harrell was last known to be flying over Oden, Arkansas. His plane was found crashed just outside of Glenwood. (Photo: Axis Graphics)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Crews have completed building a road out to the site where an Arkansas Forestry Commission plane went down.
Crews used dozers and chainsaws to clear the way to create an actual path to the crash site.
Now a full recovery effort and investigation is underway.
The Commission will update when they can on details surrounding the recovery mission. They will also update the AFC's Facebook page.
North Little Rock Police Honor Guard and Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) Law Enforcement await the chance to escort Jake back home.
"We are in the process of carefully accessing this scene so that we can lay our brother to final rest. The mountainside is difficult to get into and we predict it may take all day to complete a road to that area. We will do whatever we've got to, to get it done," says Montgomery County Sherriff, David White.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are in route to complete a full examination of the scene and aircraft, once the body has been removed. No other details about the site or flight will be available until both of these investigations are complete.
Jake Harrell has been missing since Friday, January 31st, when he failed to check in after communicating with AFC Central Dispatch in Malvern.
He was last known flying in an area over Oden along a regularly scheduled wildfire detection route.
Tuesday afternoon just after 4 p.m., Jake's plane was spotted just outside of Glenwood.
Jake is 34-years-old and has flown with the AFC since 2005 - alongside service with the Arkansas Air National Guard 188th Fighter Wing and employment with the North Little Rock Police Department.
He has a wife, Jaime, and a son. The AFC announced Wednesday afternoon that a scholarship fund is being set up for Jake's son. It should be up and ready for donations in a few days.