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FAA investigating two separate plane crashes in southwest Nebraska

Federal agencies are investigating two separate plane crashes over the weekend in Perkins and Chase County
Photo courtesy MGN. This image does not represent the actual plane that crashed.
Photo courtesy MGN. This image does not represent the actual plane that crashed.(MGN)
Published: Jul. 26, 2020 at 8:57 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -Federal agencies are now part of the investigation into two separate plane crashes in Perkins and Chase County Saturday.

Perkins County Chief Deputy Jeff Miller said a spray plane crashed in a field seven miles south of Grant before noon local time Saturday.

The male pilot was killed. He was the only occupant in the aircraft.

A second plane, a VANS RV-6 fixed wing single-engine aircraft, also crashed into a cornfield west of Enders Saturday afternoon, according to the Chase County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Kevin Mueller said the 911 dispatch center received the call at around 11:49 a.m. mountain time Saturday.

According to the sheriff’s office, the plane crashed near the intersection of 333 Avenue and 730 Road shortly after takeoff.

The male pilot, a Chase County resident, and his passenger were transported to Chase County Hospital. The pilot sustained minor injuries and was released. However, his passenger was transported to a Colorado hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in North Platte say conditions were clear Saturday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Original Story:

Perkins County Chief Deputy Jeff Miller says a spray plane crashed in a field seven miles south of Grant before noon local time Saturday.

The pilot was killed. He was the only occupant in the aircraft.

Chief Deputy Miller says the investigation has now been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.

A second aircraft, a private plane, also crashed in a cornfield west of Enders Saturday afternoon.

The number of occupants and their injuries are unknown at this time.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in North Platte say conditions were clear Saturday afternoon.

This is a developing story. We will have more information as soon as it becomes available.

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