(SNews) – All five of the passengers that died in a plane crash in Little Rock, Arkansas this week were environmentalists who worked for the company testing the water supply in East Palestine, Ohio.
The plane crashed shortly after it took off from Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport on Wednesday.
Everyone aboard the twin-engine Beech BE20 died when it crashed in a densely wooded area, local news outlets reported.
The environmentalists were on their way to provide “environmental support” in Bedford, Ohio after a metal plant mysteriously exploded earlier this week.
“All five people were employees at Little Rock-based consulting firm CTEH,” ABC 5 News reported.
According to the company’s website, CTEH is an environmental consulting company that “empowers extraordinary teams of experts to help companies, governments, and communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from threats to their environment and people.”
CTEH has also been hired by rail company Norfolk Southern to test soil and water in East Palestine following the toxic train derailment disaster in the small town.
Environmental scientists headed to Ohio for the clean-up die in a plane crash …
… in Little Rock, Arkansas. pic.twitter.com/pPIHVsRnhN
— Stew Peters (@realstewpeters) February 23, 2023
ABC 5 News reported:
Five people were killed in a twin-engine plane crash in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Wednesday, officials said.
The twin-engine Beech BE20 crashed in a wooded area after taking off from Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
All five people were employees at Little Rock-based consulting firm CTEH.
Those killed were headed to Bedford, Ohio, to provide environmental support for this week’s plant explosion.
In 2019, Mother Jones reported that CTEH was previously hired to “monitor air and water quality and workers’ chemical exposure” for both the BP Spill in 2020 and a crude oil spill during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.