Four people were killed in a plane crash Friday evening in Guthrie County after the pilot had a heart attack, local authorities reported.
The Guthrie County Sheriff's Office was called around 5:00 pm. the Des Moines air traffic control that requires an emergency landing for a single-engine aircraft in the airport east of Guthrie Center. The plane has never arrived.
Air traffic control told local authorities that the pilot, Edward Ralph Anderson, 49, of Le Mars, suffered a heart attack and a student pilot would attempt an emergency landing of the aircraft, which had two additional passengers.
The plane left Le Mars in northwestern Iowa at 4:15 pm. and he was traveling to Osceola, said Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright. Traffic control reported that the aircraft crashed from the radars about 4 miles southwest of the Guthrie County airport.
The sheriff's office launched an extensive aircraft search, with assistance from over a dozen police officers, firefighters and rescue workers. More than 13 hours later, Saturday morning, a citizen reported a small plane crash in a cows grazing south-west of the intersection of 265th Street and Maple Avenue in Guthrie County.
There, the authorities found the aircraft destroyed, which the sheriff's office said "hit very hard". Pieces of the aircraft were scattered nearby.
The others killed were identified on Saturday as 36-year-old Patrick Kellen and 15-year-old Samantha Clark, both from Le Mars, and Tyler Douvia, 28, from Merril.
In a short interview, the pilot's father, James Anderson, said his son was a pilot for over 15 years. He was flying the three people for a hunt, he said.
"My son loved flying," said James Anderson, shocked by the news.
Tom Mullally, manager of Le Mars Municipal Airport for 18 years, said he saw Edward Anderson, a good friend of his, catch the plane on Friday. It was a coincidence that there was a student pilot on the plane, he said.
"What happened is heartbreaking," said Mullally, who joined the research efforts when the news spread to the missing plane.
The bodies of the four were transported to the Iowa Medical Examiner & # 39; s Office. The location of the accident was secured pending an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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