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Pilot killed when plane headed to Olathe crashes into grain bin near Butler, Missouri

Plane crash kills pilot in Bates County, Missouri

A dual-prop airplane crashed into a grain bin in rural Bates County near Butler, Missouri, killing the pilot, according to Missouri Highway Patrol. The pilot was the only person aboard at the time of the crash.
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A dual-prop airplane crashed into a grain bin in rural Bates County near Butler, Missouri, killing the pilot, according to Missouri Highway Patrol. The pilot was the only person aboard at the time of the crash.

A pilot was killed Monday morning when a dual-prop airplane crashed into a grain bin north of Butler, Missouri, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The pilot was the only person aboard the plane when it crashed after 10 a.m. near 255 County Road N.E. 9004 , said Sgt. Andy Bell of the highway patrol.

Butler is a little more than 60 miles south of Kansas City.

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office said it and several emergency responders went to the scene of the crash. They were waiting for investigators from the FAA.

“It is with a heavy heart that the Sheriffs Office can confirm that the plane crash in rural Bates County ended in one fatality,” the sheriff’s office posted to Facebook. “The subject is not being identified until the family has been notified and more information can be ascertained through a complete investigation.”

The plane, a Cessna Conquest 1 twin-turboprop, is registered to Santa Fe Investments Inc. of Wilmington, Delaware, according to an FAA aircraft registry.

The plane left Vero Beach Regional Airport shortly before 6 a.m. Central Time and was expected to arrive at New Century AirCenter about 10 a.m., according to flight tracking site FlightAware.

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A dual-prop airplane crashed into a grain bin in rural Bates County near Butler, Missouri, killing the pilot, according to Missouri Highway Patrol. The pilot was the only person aboard at the time of the crash. This Google Maps image is of the area near the crash.

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.

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