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Fatal Plane Crash Kills Four


On the afternoon of Friday, April 22, 2011, the Kansas Highway Patrol investigated a fatal plane crash northeast of Topeka in Jefferson County.  The crash was reported at 12:13 p.m. and was located at 4204 K4 Highway.  Four people were killed in the crash.  KHP troopers, as well as officers from both Shawnee and Jefferson counties responded to the scene.

The plane was a 1973 Beechcraft Baron 58, fixed-wing, multi-engine plane.  It is registered to Precision Ag & Seed Services out of Scott City, Kansas.  The plane departed from Scott City at 10:30 on Friday en route to Topeka's Pilip Billard Municipal Airport.  Billard airport was notified the plane had missed the approach to land.  No distress calls or indications of the aircraft in trouble were made.

The victims, all from Scott City, are:  Richard Dylan Spencer, 35 years of age; Amy Beth Spencer, 34 years of age; their daughters Chase Spencer, 7 years of age; and Ansley Spencer, 5 years of age.

The first 911 calls of the incident came in to Shawnee and Jefferson counties at 12:13 p.m.  KHP, Shawnee County and Jefferson County law enforcement officers arrived in the area and located the crash at about 12:20 p.m.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the coroner's office were notified around 12:30 p.m.  FAA responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation.  Kansas Highway Patrol Critical Highway Accident Response Team personnel responded to map the crash scene.

The site of the crash is in a cornfield with power lines overhead.  Westar has responded and checked the lines and all are completely functional.  Additionally, there was no damage to homes in the area.

Further questions can be directed to the FAA and NTSB.


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