February 24, 2023

AIHA Issues Statement on the Deaths of Five OEHS Professionals in Feb. 22 Plane Crash

FALLS CHURCH, VA. (Feb 24, 2023)–AIHA is mourning the deaths of former member Micah Kendrick and his colleagues Gunter Beaty, Kyle Bennett, Sean Sweeney, and Glenmarkus Walker. All five were on board a small aircraft when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. All were employed by Little Rock-based environmental consulting firm CTEH. According to local news provider KATV, the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, with the NTSB publishing a preliminary report within 15 days of the incident. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

“We are heartbroken by the untimely passing of our OEHS colleague Micah and his coworkers, Gunter Beaty, Kyle Bennett, Sean Sweeney, and Glenmarkus Walker,” said Lawrence Sloan, CEO of AIHA. “This tragedy is close to the hearts and minds of AIHA members and the OEHS community. All of us at AIHA extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families, friends, and colleagues.”

About AIHA
AIHA is the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety in the workplace and community. Founded in 1939, we support our members with our expertise, networks, comprehensive education programs, and other products and services that help them maintain the highest professional and competency standards. More than half of AIHA's nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists, and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed across the public and private sectors, as well as to the communities in which they work. For more information, visit www.aiha.org