3 dead in crash of small plane in SE Kansas
CHANUTE, Kan. (AP) _ The National Transportation Safety Board says three people died when a small plane crashed in southeastern Kansas.
NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson says five people were aboard the twin-engine Cessna 401 when it went down around 4:30 p.m. Friday northwest of Chanute. Knudson says the eight-seat plane caught fire after the crash. Details about the victims weren't immediately available.
The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating and says the crash occurred about seven miles northwest of Chanute. That's a generally rural area.
The plane was en route to Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Knudson says the plane lost contact with air traffic control shortly after getting permission to descend to a lower altitude. Knudson says investigators were unaware of any distress call.
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