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Six Dead in Arkansas Plane Crash

August 7, 1993 GMT

DELIGHT, Ark. (AP) _ Six people, including four members of a family, died Friday when a single- engine plane crashed during bad weather.

The plane went down in the woods about 10 miles south of Delight, in southwest Arkansas, said Pike County Sheriff David Baker.

The pilot had sighted the airport in Nashville, Ark., when he contacted air traffic controllers to say the weather required him to make an instrument landing, said Fred O’Donnell, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Fort Worth.

″Shortly after, the pilot came back with some indication that there were instrument problems and that was the end of our communication,″ O’Donnell said.

The plane was en route from Lincoln, Neb., to Nashville, Ark., according to Sandy Sykes, sister of the pilot, E.W. ″Butch″ McLaughlin.

Baker identified the dead as McLaughlin, 40; passengers Kevin Kropf, 29; Ronald O. Hostetler, 41; and Hostetler’s three children, Alan John, 15; Eugene Ray, 14, and Robert David, 11. All were from Mineral Springs, the sheriff said.

Kropf and the elder Hostetler were in the cattle business and had gone to a Nebraska feed lot to check on 70 head of cattle.