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Family Killed In Plane Crash near Topeka

Air Transportation Industry

A Kansas family of four were killed in a small plane crash northeast of Topeka on Friday afternoon.

Don Hughes with Kansas Highway Patrol said the Beechcraft Baron 58 crashed into a muddy cornfield west of Perry Lake about eight miles from the Phillip Billard Airport in Topeka around noon on Friday.

The victims have been identified as Richard Dylan Spencer, 35, of Scott City, Kansas, his wife Amy Beth Spencer, 34, and their daughters Chase Spencer, 7, and Ansley Spencer, 5.

Hughes said the pilot gave no distress calls, and was turning around for a second approach after a missed first landing approach.  A witness heard the engine sputter before the plane went down.

The small two engine plane was flying out of Scott City.  The owner of the plane is a company called Precision Ag and Seed Company, a division of the Vulgamore Family Farms out of Scott City located north of Garden City, near the Kansas-Colorado border.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating. The plane crashed near power lines, but Westar Energy reports no damage to the lines.

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