Ivan Williams, CEO of Williams Construction, and wife Adina died in plane crash in rural Arkansas Monday afternoon (10/22/2013). They were on their way back from a visit with a relative in Alabama when their single-engine 1997 Piper Saratoga crashed.
Known for their kindness and generosity to many charities and non-profit groups, a company spokesperson said they will be sorely missed.
State Sen. Rick Brinkley R-Owasso, said he considered Adina Williams a longtime friend. Brinkley said he was a saddened by news of her death.
“They were special people,” Brinkley said. “Adina was so kind and loving.
“I’m just so sick for the family.”
A rainstorm about 60 miles northeast of Fort Smith might have been contributing factor in the crash. Authorities are expect to determine what role the weather played.
The plane was suppose to land in Claremore Monday afternoon. The pilot notified air traffic control the plane was experiencing problems. According to Flight Aware, a live public aircraft-tracking website, the plane descended 1,500 feet in the final three minutes of the flight. In the final minute, 2:06 p.m., its speed increased from 138 mph to 180 and its direction changed from west to east as it descended 900 feet.
Search crews canvassed the area Monday night and again Tuesday morning. The Civil Air Patrol’s Oklahoma Wing headquarters issued a statement this Tuesday morning confirming the plane had been found.