Washington County, Ark. (WAPT) – WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. — A former Mississippi state senator was killed in an Arkansas plane crash.
The Washington County, Arkansas sheriff’s office, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a Wednesday’s crash that claimed the life of former state Sen. John Morgan.
Morgan, who reportedly served as a state senator from 1981-1991, was allegedly flying a Beechcraft King Air 90 when he allegedly crashed Wednesday evening after departing from the Oxford Univeristy Airport, according to the FAA.
Deputies confirmed Morgan, 76, was the only person on board the plane at the time of the crash.
Several Mississippi lawmakers confirmed the identity of Morgan, saying Morgan was a well-known businessman.
Gov. Tate Reeves posted a photo of Morgan on his Twitter page, calling Morgan a “fiercely loyal person.”
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Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann also remembered Morgan, writing on Facebook, “legions of friends have lost laughter, a warm smile, a brilliant businessman, and a community and political leader.”
According to reports from the Daily Journal, Morgan co-founded the Morgan White Group in 1987. The group and its subsidiaries operate several businesses in the insurance and payroll industries.
The cause of the plane crash is under investigation.