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Father, Son Killed in Small Plane Crash Near Festus Airport

Festus Airport VP Mike Bippen tells KMOX they reported problems with the plane's electrical system between 9 and 10 Thursday night.

September 21, 2018 - 8:20 am
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FESTUS, Mo. (KMOX) - The victims of an overnight plane crash near Festus are a father and son who were flying back to Festus after buying a plane in New York.  


 
Festus Airport VP Mike Bippen tells KMOX they reported problems with the plane's electrical system between 9 and 10 Thursday night.
 
"He couldn't use his radio, he probably didn't have lights on in his panel, so he couldn't really tell how fast or elevation or anything, unless he was using his phone as a light," he says.
 
Bippen says the pilot asked a family friend to light up the runway at the Festus airport. The pilot tried to land once, and crashed a couple hundreds yards from the runway while coming around for a second attempt.
 
The victims' names are not being released yet. 

Previous reporting:

First responders are trying to reach a small plane that has gone down near the Festus Airport.

First responders are making their way through heavy brush and woods and across Plattin Creek to the plane, which they say is in two to three feet of water. There are said to be two people on board.

Sheriff Dave Marshak tells KMOX they had been looking for the plane since late last night.

"The plane had reported that there were electrical issues last night, either a pilot or an occupant has texted somebody locally to ask them to respond to the airport with some flashlights and kind of guide them in from the end of the airport," he says.

Marshak says they got a ping from the phone near a local tower, and began searching.

There's no confirmation on the conditions of the two people on the plane.

KMOX's Brad Choat spoke to the VP of the Festus airport.