By
Ryan Ledendecker
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February 24, 2023
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11:45 pm

Five CTEH employees killed in Arkansas plane crash identified

Tragedy struck Wednesday in an area near an industrial site in Little Rock, Arkansas when a twin-engine Beech B2000 airplane crashed shortly after taking off from the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

According to Fox News, the men on board the private flight worked for Arkansas-based CTEH, a firm that consults with businesses, communities, and governments on current and potential environmental threats.

The company tweeted a statement this week identifying the five men who perished in the tragic accident.

"It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of our colleagues - Gunter Beaty, Kyle Bennett, Micah Kendrick, Sean Sweeney, and Glenmarkus Walker. They were valuable members of our team and CTEH family," the company tweeted.

In a follow-up post, the company added: "We ask that you join us in praying for their families, friends and everyone here at CTEH during this difficult time."

The workers, according to the company, were en route to an Ohio-based metals plant that had exploded and killed one worker, injuring 12 more.

Fox News noted:

The crash occurred as a line of thunderstorms that the National Weather Service said included wind gusts of 40 mph moved through the Little Rock area, according to The Associated Press.

Nearby residents said they saw an intense fire from the crash.

"I know some of the folks at CTEH, and I am heartbroken over the tragic plane crash this week and the precious lives that were lost. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected," one Twitter user wrote.

"I wanted to wait a couple days to reflect on the tragic plane crash that took the lives of 5 folks from CTEH. I personally consider several pilots that fly for that company good friends. I know they are struggling with this tragic event. May God give them peace," another Twitter user wrote.

While bad weather is believed to be the primary cause of the crash, the NTSB is reportedly still in the process of investigating other factors that could have contributed to it.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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