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FedEx plane crashes south of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport; Lawrence man dead - KansasCity.com
Sedgwick County and Wichita emergency workers investigate the scene of a plane crash near a hedge row north of 47th Street South and west of Tyler Road on Tuesday morning, Nov. 6, 2012. Authorities said a Cessna Caravan with FedEx markings had left Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Tuesday morning and was returning to the airport with the pilot reporting mechanical difficulties. The pilot was killed in the accident.
The crash was reported at 7:46 a.m. in the 9800 block of West 47th Street South, according to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.
The 1991 single-engine turbo prop Cessna Caravan experienced mechanical problems shortly after lifting off, Capt. Annette Haga said, and the pilot was in the process of turning around to return to the airport when the plane went down and came to rest in a tree row north of 47th Street South between Maize and Tyler.
The plane “had apparently landed prior to hitting the tree row but did collide with the tree row,” Haga said in a media briefing near the scene of the crash. “There is not debris through the field.”
While there was a report of a fire in the area of the crash at the time the plane went down, Haga said, “we do not have an engulfed airplane.”
The pilot was the sole occupant aboard the plane, Haga said.
“It did have cargo on board, but I have no idea how much,” she said.
The Federal Aviation Administration is on scene investigating the crash.