4 Dead, 4 Missing in Plane Crash at Kansas Airport

Beechcraft King Air reported losing engine power after takeoff
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2014 11:04 AM CDT
Updated Oct 30, 2014 3:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – At least four people are dead after a small plane crashed at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport this morning, sending up "towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles," in the words of AP. The twin-engine Beechcraft King Air reported losing engine power just after takeoff, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro, who says the plane hit a building on airport property while trying to return to the runway. KSN reports that four are dead and four others are missing.

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The pilot, identified as Mark Goldstein, was among those killed. “He was an air traffic controller who retired less than a year ago and became a contract pilot, and he would contract his services to different airplane owners and operators," says an acquaintance at a local aviation company. “He talked to the tower before he crashed. They knew his voice." (Read more plane crash stories.)

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