Green­wood cou­ple killed when plane crashes in Mis­souri

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - DAVE HUGHES

A Green­wood cou­ple was killed when the small plane in which they were trav­el­ing crashed in a soy­bean field north­west of St. Louis, ac­cord­ing to the Mis­souri State High­way Pa­trol.

A news re­lease from the High­way Pa­trol iden­ti­fied the cou­ple as Bobby and Shan­non Faulkner, both 41. Bobby Faulkner was the pi­lot of the 2003 Zenith 701 sin­gle-en­gine plane. Both oc­cu­pants were pro­nounced dead at the scene by the Ralls County, Mo., coro­ner.

Searchers found the plane about 6 miles north­west of Lad­do­nia, Mo., which is about 17 miles from Mex­ico, Mo., where the plane took off, the re­lease said. The plane was bound for Oshkosh, Wis.

An In­ter­net site said the Zenith Air­craft Co., head­quar­tered at Mex­ico, Mo., de­signs, de­vel­ops and man­u­fac­tures kit air­craft and has pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties at Mex­ico Memo­rial Air­port.

The re­lease said the High­way Pa­trol re­ceived a re­quest from the Air Force Res­cue Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­ter at 11:24 p. m. Thurs­day to as­sist in find­ing a miss­ing plane that had re­cently taken off from the air­port at Mex­ico. The res­cue cen­ter pro­vided the High­way Pa­trol with a GPS lo­ca­tion in ru­ral Ralls County.

Po­lice and sev­eral pub­lic safety agen­cies checked the area and found the plane about 1 a.m. Fri­day.

The re­lease said the ori­gin of the air­craft’s flight plan was un­known Fri­day. The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion was ex­pected to ar­rive on site Fri­day to be­gin its in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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