DeltaplexNews.com has obtained 911 audio from the June 17 crop duster crash near Atkins Lake.
911 calls for the crash came in at 6:09 p.m. Wednesday, June 17 according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
The pilot, identified as 20-year-old Alex Powell, was trapped in plane. Powell was removed and was taken Jefferson Regional where he was then transferred to Little Rock for further treatment.
The first call was from a male who said an ambulance was needed “pretty quick”. The caller stated that there was no actual address for the location of the crash and stated they could have someone waiting to lead emergency responders to the location or could “drop a pin” for the crash location if the operator had a cell phone. Once the operator informed the caller that there was no way to drop a pin to them, the caller stated he would have someone meet emergency responders in order to lead them to the crash site, then said there was a “man in the cockpit who needs to get out.”
NOTE: The caller’s phone number has been removed from the audio.
A second call was placed to emergency responders a short time later, with a lady calling to ask how far out the responders were from the crash. She stated she was at the scene of the crash and help would be needed to remove the pilot from the cockpit.
The pilot’s father, Mike Powell, informed DeltaplexNews.com that his son received non-life threatening injuries in the crash and stated he is receiving treatment at a hospital in Little Rock.
DeltaplexNews.com has also reached out to the Federal Aviation Administration to be put on a list to receive the full report from the crash once it is released. The FAA stated it will take 30-60 days for the report to be made public.