A 52-year-old Lawrence pilot was killed when the single-engine Cessna Caravan plane he was operating crashed near Wichita shortly after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The pilot was identified as Brian P. Quinn.
According to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, the plane — owned by FedEx — crashed shortly after departing from Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita. Tony Molinaro, spokesman for the FAA, said the pilot reported engine trouble shortly after taking off. Molinaro says the pilot was trying to return to the Wichita airport when the crash occurred about two miles from the airport. The plane was headed to Garden City.
According to information from the FAA, the plane, model 208B, was manufactured in 1991.
The plane was being operated by Baron Aviation out of Missouri.
A spokeswoman from the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office said Quinn was the only person on board.
- The Associated Press contributed to this report.