Thursday, October 30, 2014

Plane Crashes Into Kansas Airport Building Killing At Least 4 People

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A small airplane crashed into a building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, killing at least four people, injuring five and setting off an explosion and fire. The twin-turbo airplane struck a building on the airport grounds that does pilot training and at least five people were reported missing, officials said.

Via Reuters

"I heard a big loud noise but it was muffled. I saw smoke and flames. I rushed over," said Lana Johnson, 65, who was in a post office near the airport when the plane crashed.

The pilot of the airplane, which was identified as a twin-engine turbo-prop Beechcraft King Air 200, reported losing engine power just after taking off from the airport and crashed as it tried to return, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Fire Chief Ron Blackwell said the plane appeared to strike the top of the building, sparking an intense fire.

"Firefighters engaged in a horrific firefight for several minutes and now we have the fire under control," Blackwell said.

Television video showed heavy, dark smoke coming from the building after the crash. There were more than 100 people in the building at the time.

The building sustained serious damage, including the collapse of walls and ceilings, the airport said.

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