Airplane Crashes Into Kansas Airport Building; 2 Dead, 4 Injured, 5 Missing — Watch LIVE Coverage

http://player.theplatform.com/p/2E2eJC/nbcNewsOffsite?guid=nbcnewslive_nyc1

Two people were killed Thursday morning when a twin-engine plane crashed on top of a building near Mid-Continent Airport, authorities said.

Five people were transported to Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, according to dispatch. One of the victims is in critical condition and three are being assessed, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Five people are still missing, said Wichita Fire Chief Ron Blackwell said.

The roof of the FlightSafety International building, 1851 S. Airport Road, burst into flames upon the plane’s impact, according to a witness. The call came in to 911 at 9:49 a.m., dispatch said.

Within an hour after the crash, the flames were out and the billows of black smoke had been reduced to a few wisps.

A Beechcraft King Air B200 crashed on the roof of the company’s north building, Flight Safety International spokesman Steve Phillips said.

FlightSafety is an international aviation training company owned by Berkshire Hathaway with corporate offices in New York City. It provides flight training and has several offices in Wichita.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft was taking off from the airport in Wichita just before 10 a.m. when it tried to return and instead hit a building. The flight was headed to Mena, Ark., according to FlightAware.

The FAA will be investigating the crash.

Traffic both ways on Kellogg is backed up.

Commercial airline traffic has not been disrupted, Mid-Continent spokeswoman Valerie Wise said. Southbound Airport Road has been reopened.

Brian Youngers, a witness, said he was across the street from the building talking to the manager of an avionics repair company, at the time of the crash.

“We heard this ‘vroom,’ ” he said. “It was way too loud, way too close. We were like, ‘Holy crap.’ ”

By the time, they reached the back of the building it was already on fire, Youngers said.

Victor White, the city’s director of airports, said officials were checking on possible hazardous materials in the building.

SOURCE: RICK PLUMLEE, MOLLY MCMILLIN AND STAN FINGERTHE
WICHITA EAGLE

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s