Crews search for 71-year-old pilot's plane in LeFlore and Scott counties

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    Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 (Photo: Civil Air Patrol)

    SEARCY, Ark. (5News) - According to KFSM, a Heber Springs man has been reported missing to the Federal Aviation Administration after his wife says his plane went missing on a private flight to Oklahoma. Authorities are searching Scott and LeFlore counties for the suspected downed aircraft, according to Scott County Judge James Forbes.

    Elmer Ray Broadbent, 71, took off on Monday in his single-engine Piper aircraft at about 1:30 p.m. from Searcy, on his way to Elk City, Oklahoma. His wife Dardee Broadbent told 5NEWS that he never checked into his hotel in Elk City, though, and she has been unable to reach him on his phone, she said.

    Dardee said she contacted the FAA on Tuesday morning and reported him missing when she still had not heard from her husband.

    Broadbent was flying to Oklahoma to close on a house deal. Broadbent and his wife are real estate agents in Cleburne County, she said.

    Emergency crews have not yet found any evidence of the suspected crash in Scott or LeFlore counties, Forbes said.


    The news comes the same day rescue crews in Madison County found a plane crash site and said a husband and wife died in the Monday crash south of Huntsville. Read more here on that separate crash.


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