Small plane crash east of Columbia airport leaves one dead

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 | 3:33 p.m. CDT

MILLERSBURG — A small plane has crashed in a pasture in rural mid-Missouri, killing the only person on board.

The man's identity wasn't immediately released after the crash Tuesday morning.

Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane said the plane — a 1947 Piper airplane — went down in a pasture about five miles east of Columbia Regional Airport.

Crane said witnesses reported seeing a plane flying about 50 or 60 feet above the ground. They heard a sputtering engine and smelled gas fumes, then heard a crash a few minutes later.

Crane said a driver's license was found in the wreckage, but authorities are still working to confirm the man's identity through relatives.


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