WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A small plane crash near Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport killed the pilot.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office says the Cessna Caravan struck a tree row Tuesday. The pilot, 52-year-old Brian P. Quinn of Lawrence, was the only person on board.
Tony Molinaro, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, says the pilot reported engine trouble shortly after taking off. Molinaro says the pilot was trying to return to the Wichita airport when the crash occurred about two miles from the airport. 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 a statement the company extended its thoughts and prayers to those affected by the crash. She referred questions to Barron Aviation, which operated the plane.