PLEASANTON, Kan. -- Authorities with the Kansas Highway Patrol and National Transportation Safety Board responded to a fatal plane crash that happened on Tuesday. The highway patrol confirmed two people died in the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement saying the plane went down around 4 p.m. after hitting a tree following takeoff from a local airstrip. The NTSB reports the plane is a small, private aircraft.
NTSB is investigating an accident involving a Zodiac CH601XL that crashed in Pleasanton, KS today.
— NTSB (@NTSB) March 31, 2015
The Zodiac CH601XL is made in Mexico, Mo., by Zenith Aircraft Company, but the model isn't currently being made. The FAA calls it a "special light sport aircraft.” The plane used to be sold in a kit, in parts or flight ready. The plane model has had issues in the past. FAA records indicated that the plane had to have adjustments made before it could be certified to fly.
The victims have been identified as a 67-year-old Herbert Siegel from Stillwell, Kan. and a 57-year-old Brian Decker from Independence, Mo.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash report, Seigel was piloting single-engine plane when it went down.
Pleasanton, Kan. is about an hour south of Kansas City.