2 die when Arizona-bound flight crashes in Kansas

2 die when Arizona-bound flight crashes in Kansas
Associated Press
Last updated: 2:17 p.m., Thursday, July 1, 2010
OSKALOOSA, Kan. — Two people from New York died Thursday when a small plane heading from Missouri to Arizona crashed in a hayfield in northeast Kansas.

Kansas City Aviation Department spokesman Joe McBride said in a news release that the single-engine Beech Bonanza left Kansas City’s Wheeler Downtown Airport at 7:28 a.m. It crashed 25 minutes later near Perry Lake after it apparently doubled back.

Records show the plane was flying to St. Johns, Ariz.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff L. Herrig said a landowner saw the plane going down and called authorities.

“It looks like they probably took a nose dive into the field and rolled over,” Herrig said.

Herrig said the names of the man and woman from New York who were killed in the crash were being withheld pending further investigation.

The plane was registered to Syracuse Aviation Services and had a hanger space at Hamilton Municipal Airport in central New York.

The weather was clear at the time of the crash and it was not immediately clear what caused it.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said her agency and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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