Small Plane Crash Kills Two on Highway 98 in Cooper County
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed that a small engine plane crashed on Highway 98, just north of Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport in Cooper County, on Monday afternoon as it approached the landing strip.
KWRT reports that there are two fatalities. The report also indicates the plane was flying low and hit power lines. The plane was described as a four-seat Bellanca Viking, registered to Howard County.
ABC-17 reported that a power line was down at the scene and the grass caught fire. The plane ended up in a ditch, according to reports.
MSHP spokesman Sgt. Scott White said the pilot, 67-year-old Charles McCutcheon, of Fayette, and his 49-year-old passenger Bryan Roth, of Franklin, were both killed.
Highway 98 was reopened after the debris was cleared from the crash site, it was reported.
Federal authorities will be on scene just east of Boonville on Tuesday to determine the cause of the deadly crash.