MO plane crash kills 13

A commuter plane crashed in the woods in Adair County as it was preparing to land at the Kirksville Regional Airport in Missouri, according to a dispatcher from the Adair County sheriff's office.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | October 21, 2004


A commuter plane crashed in the woods in Adair County on Monday morning as it was preparing to land at the Kirksville Regional Airport in Missouri. Thirteen people were killed.

Two people survived the crash and were treated for injuries.

The plane, a Corporate Airlines flight, was a twin-engine turboprop. It was approaching Kirksville Regional Airport in northeastern Missouri, according to reports from the Federal Aviation Administration. It had come from St. Louis.

Corporate Airlines reported it was working with teams from The Salvation Army and American Red Cross to provide care for families affected by the crash.

Doug Caldwell, president and CEO of Corporate Airlines said one of his first priorities was caring for grieving families. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to those onboard Flight #5966 and to their loved ones," he said. "We are marshalling our family assistance CARE teams to immediately help those touched by this tragedy. Along with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, we will remain focused on this commitment in the days ahead."

Caldwell said the cause of the crash is unknown. "Answers will come as the investigation moves forward," he said.

Corporate Airlines is an independent airline that operates codeshare flights under the AmericanConnection brand name.


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