At 15:30 CDT, a Vans RV-6T operated by the manufacturer and being piloted by a company executive struck trees while maneuvering near Pettigrew. Both occupants were killed. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed but a flight plan was not filed. The flight was en route from Aurora, Mo., to Shreveport, La. Witnesses said they heard an aircraft circling the area for about 10-15 minutes prior to hearing the tree impact and resulting crash. The witnesses reported the weather as foggy with visibility less than 400 feet.