Plane crashes on final approach to Kirksville Regional Airport
Update: KTVO has learned the names of the victims from Tuesday night's plane crash.
James Quinn, 66, and Robert Groh, 64, both of Wisconsin, were pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight by Adair County Coroner Brian Noe.
Noe says they do not have family ties to the area
Autopsies are scheduled for Thursday in Columbia.
Groh was president and owner of Geo-Synthetics LLC (GSI) of Waukesha, WI. He was flying back from a meeting with a customer when the aircraft crashed.
UPDATE: Two people are confirmed dead after a single-engine plane crashed in northeast Missouri Tuesday evening on its final approach into Kirksville Regional Airport.
The wreckage of the Piper PA-32, registered to RFG LLC in Waukesha, Wis., was barely visible in the rainy darkness.
The small aircraft with two people onboard went down in a rural area about three miles southeast of Kirksville.
The cockpit portion of the plane came to rest not far off of Quail Lane between Foxtrot Lane and Hedgepath Lane.
Airport Director Glenn Balliew said the plane's wreckage was scattered along a 300-yard path through a pasture, a wooded area and a bean field.
The bodies of the two victims were found in a ditch not far from the cockpit.
The Federal Aviation Administration told KTVO the last radar and radio contact with the aircraft was around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday when the plane was five miles from the airport making its final approach.
The FAA says the aircraft had taken off from Centennial Airport in Denver earlier in the day Tuesday.
Its destination was Kirksville.
Federal investigators will be making their way to the scene.
"We're going to secure the scene,â?? said Robert Hardwick, Adair County sheriff. â??NTSB and FAA will be here tomorrow (Wednesday), and then it's going to be an extensive investigation, and we would ask that the public stay out of this area, you know, don't try and come into the area and look and things of this nature because we are going to be doing a lot of things that we have to take care of here."
Investigators said it doesn't appear there was any fire associated with the crash.
It is not clear at this time if weather conditions played a role.
The names of the two men onboard have not been released yet pending the notification of their families.
They were pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight by Adair County Coroner Brian Noe.
Autopsies are planned on the two.
Multiple agencies assisted in the two-hour search for the downed plane including the Adair County Sheriffâ??s Office, Kirksville Police Department, Kirksville Regional Airport as well as various area fire departments.
A single-engine plane crashed Tuesday evening as it was making its final approach into Kirksville Regional Airport.
A number of agencies in the Kirksville area were looking for the downed aircraft northeast of the airport.
At 9:25 p.m., a searcher located the Piper PA-32 in a bean field approximately 25 feet off of Quail Lane, between Foxtrot Lane and Hedgepath Lane.
The last radar and radio contact with the aircraft was around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday when it was approximately three miles northeast of the airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration told KTVO the aircraft took off from Centennial Airport in Denver earlier in the day on Tuesday.
Two people were believed to be onboard, but their names arenâ??t known at this time.
It is not clear if the weather played a role in the crash or what may have caused it.
KTVO Meteorologist Teresa Carter says there was patchy fog in the area at the time of the crash.
Personnel from the Adair County Sheriff's Office, Kirksville Police Department, Kirksville Regional Airport as well as local fire departments were among those searching for the missing plane.
We will try to bring you more details on the plane crash as they become available.