Trooper Shaun Little
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 9, Pikeville
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Plane Crash in the Watts Community of Breathitt County
Date of News Release: 08/29/2006
(Breathitt County, KY) On Monday, August 28, 2006 at 2:43 PM EST, Post 13-Hazard, received a call regarding a reported plane crash in the Watts community of Breathitt County.
KSP Troopers responded to the scene and in conjunction with Breathitt County Fire and Rescue teams developed a command post in the area below the crash site. Troopers, concerned citizens and volunteers from different agencies formed search teams attempting to locate the crash site.
At approximately 3:48 PM the Kentucky State Police located the crash site. The crash site was located in rough terrain on a mountainside in the Watts community.
Although no survivors were found, an exact number of fatalities have not been determined nor have the victims been positively identified.
All information received during the investigation indicates that the plane left Wichita Falls, Texas early this morning en route to the Wendell Ford Regional Airport in Hazard.
Representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), FAA, Kentucky Medical Examiners Office, Breathitt County Coroners Office, Breathitt County Fire Departments and the Kentucky State Police will meet in the morning to continue the joint investigation in to the crash.
Further press releases will be available as information is obtained.