September 21st, 2012|
September 21, 2012
A small plane crashed on Saturday in southwest Missouri, killing three children and two business owners, reports the Columbia Daily Tribune.
The single engine plane went down at about 12:30 a.m., northwest of the town of Willard about five miles away from the Springfield airport.
The plane may have taken off from the Kansas City area, said a Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) spokesman.
Two people in Walnut Grove heard what sounded like the plane’s engine cutting in and out before the crash. “The house shook,” one of the people said. “It was just unbelievable.”
“The plane totally disintegrated after the crash,” said the MSHP spokesman, who had visited the site. “It burned, just into pieces. It was a very tragic and horrific sight.”
Those killed were a 46-year-old man from Ozark, and the plane’s pilot, a 44-year-old man from Springfield, and his three children, ages 10, 15, and 16.
The 46-year-old owned an environmental consulting firm called Environmental Works, Inc., and the 44-year-old owned Missouri Insulation & Supply, Inc.
Investigators from two federal agencies, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, say that it will be at least six months to determine the cause of the crash.