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Old 11th Nov 2018, 17:47
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Four from Iowa killed in plane crash; pilot may have suffered heart attack

A small plane crashed in central Iowa, killing all four people on board, after the pilot apparently had a heart attack and a student pilot was going to attempt an emergency landing, authorities said Saturday.
The plane dropped off radar Friday night about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from Guthrie Center airport, the Guthrie County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Searchers found the wreckage Saturday morning in a cow pasture southwest of Guthrie Center, which is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) southwest of Le Mars, where the plane had taken off.
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THRIE CENTER, Iowa -- A small plane crashed in central Iowa, killing all four people on board, after the pilot apparently had a heart attack and a student pilot was going to attempt an emergency landing, authorities said Saturday.

The plane dropped off radar Friday night about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from Guthrie Center airport, the Guthrie County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Searchers found the wreckage Saturday morning in a cow pasture southwest of Guthrie Center, which is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) southwest of Le Mars, where the plane had taken off.

The sheriff's office identified those killed as the pilot, 49-year-old Edward Ralph Anderson, 36-year-old Patrick Kellen and 15-year-old Samantha Clark, all of Le Mars, and 28-year-old Tyler Douvia, of Merrill.

The 1979 Piper single-engine plane was headed to Osceola, south of Des Moines, when the Des Moines Air Traffic Control requested an emergency landing for it at the Guthrie Center airport, the sheriff's office said. It said a student pilot was going to attempt an emergency landing, but it didn't specify whether that was Kellen, Clark or Douvia.


The plane crashed "very hard" and all of the victims were found dead at the scene, the sheriff's office said
Tom Mullally, who manages the Le Mars airport from which the plane took off, said the four were going on a hunting trip.

Their bodies were taken to the Iowa Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy. The FAA will investigate the cause of the crash.
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Old 18th Nov 2018, 22:12
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Carbon monoxide poisoning instead of a heart attack?
KCCI 8 News has learned that carbon monoxide poisoning contributed to the deaths of four Iowans in a small-plane crash in Guthrie County last Friday night.Passengers on the plane communicated they thought the pilot had a heart attack. A student pilot on the plane attempted a landing at the Guthrie County airport near Guthrie Center, but the plane fell off radar and wasn't found until daylight Saturday morning. The victims were identified as Edward Ralph Anderson, 49, who was the pilot, Patrick Kellen, 36, and Samantha Clark, 15, all of Le Mars, and Tyler Douvia, 28, of Merrill.According to the state medical examiner's office, all the victims died from "multiple blunt force injuries in the setting of carbon monoxide toxicity."A Guthrie County resident discovered the wreckage in a cow pasture southwest of the intersection of 265th Street and Maple Avenue.The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
https://www.kcci.com/article/state-m...crash/25182073

So it is possible the pilot was affected first and the passengers thought he had a heart attack and the student pilot was then affected causing him to crash instead of land the plane.

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Back in the 70s our company had an early Seneca for taxi work. With several passengers on board, it suffered a cracked exaust that burned a hole in the GRP cowling. The intake for the heating was right behind the hole and piped CO into the cabin. First indication of trouble was the front seat px throwing up over the panel. The pilot sussed the cause and turned off the heating opened his clear view and put her down at the nearest airfield (IIRR, Cambridge)
I think they were very lucky that the px was sensitive to it before it effected the pilot's judgement. esp as it was in IMC.
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