No Survivors After Small Plane Crashes Near Olathe Airport
No survivors were found after a plane crashed and caught fire Sunday morning at the Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe.
The plane crashed shortly before 10:30 a.m. Sunday shortly after taking off from the airport. The Olathe Fire Department responded and put out the flames and a small grass fire near the wreckage.
Kansas Highway Patrol spokeswoman Trooper Tiffany Bush said it wasn’t immediately clear how many people were aboard the plane when it crashed between the airport and 151st Street but no one survived.
The single-engine Piper Meridian Turbo prop plane with a Pratt & Whitney engine was owned by Delaware company Quadrant Investments, and it was headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“You get an event like this and it just reminds you how precious life is,” Olathe Fire Captain Mike Hall said. “Today is just a horrible event.”
A large section of 151st Street between Pflumm and Quivira was closed Sunday after the crash, and as of 12:10 p.m. Monday, the airport was still closed.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.