Crash Victims Identified
Sgt. Al Nothum of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the three victims are David McCormick, David Kammerer, and Waylan Karsten. The Missouri Highway Patrol says the victims died on impact. Only one body has been recovered.
The highway patrol also says it appears the plane exploded in the air because there is no evidence of skid marks at the crash site. The FAA will continue the investigation.
McCormick was president of McC Aviation Services out of Rockford, Minnesota. He was attending an ethanol fuel conference in St. Louis.
The exact location of the crash is south of Route BB and east of Route AA. It is just north of Wellsville, about 30 miles northwest of Warrenton. The plane crashed down in a hayfield owned by Buddy Ropple.
KOMU's Jim Riek reported seeing part of the wreckage on the side of a gravel road two miles north of the scene of the crash.
The plane left Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield at 8:00 a.m., and disappeared from radar at 8:15 on its way to Buffalo, Minnesota. The victims' plane was a 2006 Piper 46, a single engine turbo-prop aircraft that seats six passengers. Planes of identical make and model are sold at a retail price of more than $1.5 million.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department reported that a citizen called and said they heard a small plane possibly having engine trouble. Due to inclimate weather, they lost sight of the plane.
Shortly after hearing the plane, they heard what could have been the plane crashing.
A local pilot was sent out to search for the wreckage in the northern part of Montgomery County.
See the Related Links section of this page for the plane's flight path as tracked by radar and the aircraft's FAA registration.