Pilot dies after small plane crashes into field in western Missouri
Jul 20, 2023, 12:13 PM
KEARNEY, Mo. (AP) — A pilot died Thursday after a small plane crashed into a field in western Missouri.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said a 911 caller reported the crash at 9:37 a.m. First responders found the plane engulfed in flames in a soybean field near Kearney, a town 25 miles (40.23 kilometers) northeast of Kansas City.
The pilot’s name has not been released. No one else was on the plane.
The sheriff’s office said the twin-engine Piper aircraft took off from a small airport near the crash site. The plane had just fueled up, and the 140 gallons (529.96 litres) of fuel on board contributed to the fire, the office said in a news release.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the accident.