UPDATE: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A Lawrence, Kansas pilot has died after his plane crashed this morning, just minutes after taking off from Mid-Continent Airport.
Brian Quinn, 52, was killed in the crash of his FedEx cargo plane.
The Wichita-built Cessna Caravan ended up in a wheat field near 47th Street South and Tyler Road, about a mile and a half south of west runway at Mid-Continent Airport. A neighbor watched as the Federal Express Cessna Caravan crashed.
"I knew when that propeller wasn't turning he was not going to make it to the airport," said Rick Thome.
Thome was outside his home, getting ready for work. He always notices the low-flying planes landing or taking off from the nearby runway.
"Lived there all my life and seen those planes going in and always wondered when one of them was not going to make it," he said.
Well, this was the day. Thome estimates he was a quarter mile from where the plane crashed in his parents’ wheat field.
"And I just seen the plane flying over real low,” he said. “And I seen that his propeller wasn't turning, so I figured he was going down. I watched him turn towards the airport and seen the dust when he touched down and saw a puff of smoke. So I called 911 and headed down there to see if I could help him."
He says the pilot didn’t respond and that there was a small grass fire, likely started by the engine’s heat. He also notices fuel leaking from the plane. A dispatcher advised him to get away from the plane in case of fire and await sheriff’s deputies.
"Waited for the Sheriff, and they went back down there and put it out with a couple of fire extinguishers," Thome said.
The FAA says Quinn reported engine trouble soon after taking off around 7:30 a.m. According to the “flight aware” flight-tracking site, the FedEx Caravan is flown regularly to Garden City from Wichita.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of this crash.
UPDATE: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Authorities have identified the man killed in Tuesday morning's FedEx plane crash.
Brian P. Quinn, 52, of Lawrence, reported engine trouble shortly after taking off from Mid-Continent Airport, said Tony Molinaro, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Molinaro says Quinn was trying to return to the airport when the crash occurred around 7:45 a.m. about two miles from the airport. He says the plane was headed to Garden City.
Quinn was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tueday, November 6, 2012
A small plane has crashed south of Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, killing the pilot.
The accident happened early Tuesday. The pilot, who was not identified, was the only person on board.
Tony Molinaro, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, says the pilot of the Cessna reported engine trouble shortly after taking off from Mid-Continent Airport. Molinaro says the pilot was trying to return to the airport when the crash occurred about two miles from the airport. He says the plane was headed to Garden City.
FAA records show the plane was registered to Fed Ex Corp. Fed Ex spokesperson Shea Leordeanu said in an emailed statement that the company extended its "thoughts and prayers" to people affected by the crash and referred questions to Barron Aviation, which operated the plane.
KAKE News will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.