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FAA says no survivors after plane headed to Columbus from Arkansas crashes

Federal Aviation Administration sign
Seth Wenig
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A Federal Aviation Administration sign hangs in the tower at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, March 16, 2017.

Updated February 23, 2023, 6:53 AM ET

The Federal Aviation Administration said there are no survivors after a plane traveling to Columbus from Arkansas crashed Wednesday.

According to the FAA, a twin-engine Beechcraft BE20 crashed after leaving from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock around 12 p.m.

The plane was headed to John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Five people were on board at the time of the crash.

Multiple media organizations report employees of the Arkansas-based company CTEH, an environmental consulting firm, died in the crash.

All five people on board the plane, including the pilot, were employees of CTEH. They were traveling to Ohio to help respond to the Monday explosion at a foundry in Bedford, near Cleveland.

"We are incredibly saddened to report the loss of our Little Rock colleagues," said Paul Nony, senior vice president of CTEH, in a press release. "We ask everyone to keep the families of those lost and the entire CTEH team in their thoughts and prayers."

The company's website says "CTEH empowers extraordinary teams of experts to help companies, governments, and communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from threats to their environment and people."

The crash occurred as a line of thunderstorms moved through the Little Rock area.

The names of the people who died have not been released.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.