October 30, 2004

UPDATE - Investigators Seeking Clues In Fatal Plane Crash In Northeast Missouri

Emergency service workers collect evidence at the scene of a fatal plane crash near Downing, MO. The debris field at the scene is relatively small, with few signs that the mangled metal ever was an airplane.

By Chris Feeney - Memphis Democrat

(DOWNING, MO - October 30, 2004) The site of a deadly plane crash in northeast Missouri remained closed today as investigators tried to determine the cause of the second fatal aviation accident in the region in less than two weeks.

According to a report issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, a Beechcraft AE 36 en route to Anderson, Indian from South Dakota, went down after 8:00 p.m. on October 29 on a hillside in rural Schuyler County. The crash scene is approximately seven miles south of Downing.

Emergency service personnel reportedly were notified of the crash by a witness that saw the plane fall from the sky in the middle of thunderstorms and high winds that hit the region Friday night.

Evidence at the scene led investigators to believe that the plane was returning from a pheasant hunt in South Dakota, but officials would not release the names or the number of victims in the accident. One investigator initially indicated there were three fatalities in the crash, but that has not officially been confirmed.

On October 19 a Corporate Airlines jet crashed near the Kirksville Regional Airport killing 13 of the 15 people on board. This second crash site is approximately 15 miles northeast of Kirksville.

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