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Broken Engine Part Caused Fatal 2012 Crash

Associated Press - June 3, 2015 7:04 am

Wichita officials say an auction of items from the city's old Mid-Continent Airport terminal is expected to net about $83,000.

Records of a fatal 2012 plane crash near Wichita indicate a part that broke inside the aircraft’s engine was the likely reason the Cessna Caravan went down.

The probable cause statement from the Nov. 6, 2012, accident was posted online Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The crash killed 52-year-old pilot Brian P. Quinn of Lawrence, who told air traffic controllers soon after taking off from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport that he had lost engine power and was trying to return to the airport.

His final transmission, eight minutes after takeoff, said he was going to land in a grass field. He was killed when the plane touched down in a field of winter wheat and rolled into a tree row and struck a tree.


Associated Press information from: The Wichita Eagle