Arkansas plane crash leaves no survivors and five dead

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Authorities in the US state of Arkansas report that a small plane crash killed five people shortly after takeoff.

No one survived the crash near Little Rock's Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, according to the authorities.

Columbus, Ohio was the destination of the non-commercial Beech BE20 twin-engine flight.

According to the company, everyone on board, including the pilot, worked for Little Rock-based consultancy CTEH.

Only a few miles from the airport, police reported that the plane went down Wednesday at or about midday near a rocky, wooded area close to a 3M factory.

The time of the crash was accompanied by strong wind gusts, according to local forecasters.

The weather "was not so good at the time," Pulaski County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Cody Burk told reporters, adding that it was unknown whether or not these factors contributed to the accident.

The investigation, which was still in the "recovery phase," had been hampered by the weather, he continued.

The collision will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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