Field operation prompts an emergency report of plane crash

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

MOUND CITY – All of the elements were there: an airplane quickly losing altitude that did not appear to fly up again and smoke from a distant fire.

It was enough to prompt a 911 call last Thursday, July 8, at about 3 p.m. to report a downed airplane near Kansas Highway 7 and 100 Road near the Bourbon County line.

Linn County Fire Chief Doug Barlet said the call received responses from the Linn County Fire Department, the sheriff's office, AMR ambulance service and the Kansas Highway Patrol. But after those emergency responders arrived on the scene, they could not locate the downed plane.

Even a search by an air ambulance that happened to be in the area at the time yielded no evidence of wreckage, he said.

However, as emergency crews were still on the scene, Barlet said, a crop dusting plane returned there to complete its job of spraying the field the pilot was working on before the call came in. The pilot had apparently left the field to refill his tanks after a low run over the field, and the caller assumed that the plane had crashed.

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