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Victims of plane crash identified

Federal Aviation Administration personal and Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers work the scene of a plane crash about 6 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Leavenworth County Road 1 and Cantrell Road south of Tonganoxie. Two people were killed in the crash, which occurred about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Federal Aviation Administration personal and Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers work the scene of a plane crash about 6 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Leavenworth County Road 1 and Cantrell Road south of Tonganoxie. Two people were killed in the crash, which occurred about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

June 24, 2008, 11:09 a.m. Updated June 25, 2008, 12:25 a.m.

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Fatal plane crash northwest of Lawrence

Two people are killed following a plane crash in southwest Leavenworth County this morning.

The plane

Details about the plane that crashed Tuesday morning into a field south of Tonganoxie:

¢ Manufacturer: Aero Commander

¢ Model: 500 S

¢ Type: Fixed-wing multiengine

¢ Year of manufacture: 1971

¢ Registered owner: Central Airlines Inc., also known as Central Air Southwest

Source: Federal Aviation Administration

Federal aviation officials will work Wednesday in a southern Leavenworth County field, trying to determine the cause of a small-plane crash that killed two people Tuesday morning.

According to an accident report released Tuesday night by the Kansas Highway Patrol, the aircraft suffered engine failure but no specific mechanical problem was noted.

The plane that crashed was a 1971 twin-engine Aero Commander registered to Central Airlines, also known as Central Air Southwest, based at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo., said Lloyd Hetrick, fixed-base operator at Lawrence Municipal Airport. Leavenworth County sheriff's officials received word of the crash at 10:22 a.m. Tuesday and responded to the site about 5.5 miles south of Tonganoxie.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration arrived about four hours after the crash, and National Transportation Safety Board investigators from Denver are expected to arrive Wednesday at the scene, which is just south of the Kansas Turnpike near the intersection of Cantrell Road and Leavenworth County Road 1.

Hetrick said he had been in contact with authorities who were investigating what had happened. Hetrick said that he had been informed that two people were on the plane, one of them an experienced instructor.

A Central Airlines pilot said the two men were participating in routine training exercises. Jim Weatherly said pilots go through periodic training every six months. They execute maneuvers, such as practicing in-flight engine stalls or flying with one engine.

Late Tuesday, the Kansas Highway Patrol identified the occupants as two Central Airlines employees. Killed in the crash were 24-year-old James Phillip Jambor of Fort Worth, Texas, and 47-year-old Murray Brown of Kansas City, Kan.

Brown, originally from the United Kingdom, was the airline's director of operations for more than 20 years, Weatherly said.

"We're going to miss him dearly. He was really well respected and probably trained 1,000 pilots since the '70s," he said.

Jambor was a pilot-in-training, employed by the airline for just two weeks, Weatherly said. It was his final flight before being declared a full-fledged pilot.

Surveyors working in the area were the ones who called 911 to report the crash on the property owned by Tailgate Ranch, said Leavenworth County Sheriff David Zoellner.

"The indication from them was that they heard a sputtering noise from the engine and they looked up and saw the plane - and then it headed straight down, nose down to the ground," Zoellner said. "It looks like a plane crunched up from the top to the bottom. And the propellers and engine (are) buried down into the ground."

Weatherly said Central Airlines' planes receive routine inspections every 125 hours.

"On a busy airplane, that's every three weeks at the most, two weeks sometimes," he said.

Hetrick said Central Airlines transports freight and often conducts training flights to Lawrence Municipal Airport.

"They come in here and shoot approaches all the time," Hetrick said. "They weren't out here this morning."

In a statement, Central Airlines said it was cooperating with investigators.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board's database, 29 plane crashes have involved fatalities in Kansas since 2000, and in those, 47 people have died. One was near Overland Park, and two were in the Topeka area.

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Reporters George Diepenbrock and Alexander Parker contributed information for this story.

Comments

jonas 6 years, 11 months ago

"there are new posters who get on and post the most amazing inflamatory crap"Or, more likely, just one or two posters who simply don't get it and have too much time on their hands.

Take_a_letter_Maria 6 years, 11 months ago

Off topic on this one but I have to ask the question.The little tag under the headline says there are 19 comments (this one would presumably be #20), but there are only 10 (hopefully 11 with this one) comments showing. What happened to the other 9 comments?

jackpot 6 years, 11 months ago

take a letter, boy are you guys old. Don't you know "New Math" when it's used? # 15 by my count. Glad to see the editors online are still doing the job for LJW Keep saving the money no one is paid to proof any more

Take_a_letter_Maria 6 years, 11 months ago

"A plane has crashed this morning near the intersection of Cantrell Road and 222nd Street, just northwest of Lawrence in Leavenworth County."Better check that compass. Leavenworth County is northeast of Lawrence.

Take_a_letter_Maria 6 years, 11 months ago

And it only took you 25 minutes to correct. I applaud your "efforts".

Dixie Jones 6 years, 11 months ago

jonas stay tuned im sure someone will turn it all to that before its all over with,,, shame on you ppl before you even start......

hail2oldku 6 years, 11 months ago

When they first posted the breaking news (without any real information) I thought exactly the same thing multi.Couple that with Maria's observation that the original story didn't even properly identify the direction of the crash site and you can't help but make knee jerk comments. It comes from the lack of information (or worse incorrect information) from this site.My prayers to the families as well (if of course prayers are acceptable, some posters would call me foolish for offering prayers to some greater being).

jonas 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm sure it either had something to do with drugs, or that they were from Topeka. cough

Ronda Miller 6 years, 11 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the people who died. It is always hard to lose someone you love and even harder without having had a chance to say goodbye. A horrible violent death like this will leave its trauma for many years to come. God bless all of those who are bereaved.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 11 months ago

wow, wonder if they were headed to land at lawrence international airport. an instructor was aboard, so perhaps it was a training flight? God care for the berieved families. *TALM/Jonas, yes, it has been my theory that the phantom messages in the count disparities are caused because of people being disappeareded. we have no idea how many get disappeareded every day but I understand that sometimes, especially in the early morning, there are new posters who get on and post the most amazing inflamatory crap. or, it really is a conspiracy, by the ljworld itself, to drive us posters nuts. to present us with an otherwise insoluable paradox. to send us screaming into the night, hurling our keyboards at the moon! okay, that felt good. should read "bereaved."

bearded_gnome 6 years, 11 months ago

"there are new posters who get on and post the most amazing inflamatory crap"Or, more likely, just one or two posters who simply don't get it and have too much time on their hands.list end--don't be so hard on yourself Jonas! seriously I have heard from a couple of other posters who happen to be on at the odd times of 3 or 4a.m. that they've seen posters pop up and get disappeareded in a half-hour's time, that's their whole lifespan. some just post obscenities or threats against posters.

Confrontation 6 years, 11 months ago

It's always interesting what you can find when you google people's names.

jonas 6 years, 11 months ago

Hey Gnome let's not get too dififcult, eh? I'm quite proud to be amongst the handful of posters who have maintained a consistent profile since the commentary was established in 2004, without once getting disapparated at all. Not that I haven't had posts removed, but none of those were my fault. I swear.

morganlefay 6 years, 11 months ago

And this people, is why I won't travel via small airplanes. Bless those who were lost and their families and friends.

compmd 6 years, 11 months ago

morganlefay,Small aircraft are no more dangerous than a car.Anyway. Something bad had to happen to the aircraft for a piston twin that large (Aero Commander 500s (what Central Airlines flies) are spacious for their passenger capacity) to just fall out of the sky. A witness said he heard an engine sputter out. One engine or both? That aircraft with two people on board shouldn't have had trouble flying OEI. And with an experienced pilot, that makes this all the more interesting.My gut says maintenance problem leading to mechanical failure. Hey, its the LJW. I'm allowed to wildly speculate.

morganlefay 6 years, 11 months ago

Geez, any little comment will set you people off. I was just stating my own preference, yet somehow I knew that someone would take offense.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 11 months ago

Brown, originally from the United Kingdom, was the airline's director of operations for more than 20 years, Weatherly said."We're going to miss him dearly. He was really well respected and probably trained 1,000 pilots since the '70s," he said.Jambor was a pilot-in-training, employed by the airline for just two weeks, Weatherly said. It was his final flight before being declared a full-fledgedpilot.---from update. what a sad loss for the company and their families! crashed nose down. sure sounds like major equipment failure. that plane was 37 years old but apparently must have had a good maintenance record. ***oh, jonas, I know, I get a few posts yanked too, obviously couldn't be any fault of mine. I think sometimes the removals are set to random ... uh, that's it!

compmd 6 years, 11 months ago

I didn't take offense, I just stated my position as someone who is intimately familiar with design, engineering, and safety for Part 21 aircraft. :)

RiverCityConservative 6 years, 11 months ago

Nearly 33 years ago my parents lost their lives in an accident with our plane. My heart goes out to the families of these two men who perished in this recent accident near Lawrence. Also, I will be interested to learn more about the cause of this crash. In most cases it comes down to pilot error, not mechanical failure.

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