Student pilot crashes plane into home near Stearman Field

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BENTON, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities say no one was seriously hurt when a student pilot crashed a small plane into a home in Butler County.

The accident happened at around 1:15 p.m. Monday on the west side of Lloyd Stearman Field in Benton. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the pilot crashed the Cessna L-19 Bird Dog after landing.  

Witnesses who were eating at Stearman Field Bar & Grill said they saw the plane crash into the house but didn't know if it was landing or taking off. 

No one was in the home at the time. The Kansas Highway Patrol lists the pilot as Victor Riffel, 65 of Benton.  His passenger, Joseph Bertapelle, 35, of Derby, was taken to Wesley Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

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