There’s been a fatal fiery plane crash at Wichita’s MidContinent Airport in Kansas. The horrific accident happened just before 10 a.m. local time on October 30.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Plane Crashed Into the FlightSafety Building, Which Then Collapsed
The pilot has been named as 53-year-old Mark Goldstein.
According to an official statement from the FAA said that the plane lost power shortly after takeoff and was attempting to return to the runway. Nate Johnson of WRAL reports that the airport lost its left engine at 9:48 a.m. having been cleared for takeoff at 9:47 a.m. A witness told the Kansas City Star, “We heard this vroom. It was way too loud, way too close, we were like, ‘Holy crap.'” The flight was headed to Mena, Arkansas.
2. 4 People Are Dead
According to the Wichita fire chief, four people have died, five people have been injured and four people are unaccounted for. The chief said that due to the building’s collapse, rescue efforts are being hampered.
KMBC reports that so far, one person has been transported to a hospital with critical injuries.
3. The Airport Just Underwent Fire Safety Training
On October 29, the airport tweeted that it was undergoing fire safety training:
The flames were extinguished by fire crews less than an hour after the crash, according to the Kansas City Star.
4. Flights Are Operating as Normal
According to a tweet from the airport, although some roads around MidContinent Airport are blocked, flights are operating as normal.
The Wichita Airport Authority says reports that the airport has lost power are incorrect. The plane has been described as a Beechcraft King Air jet.
5. There Was a Serious Accident at the Airport Earlier This Week
Two days before the crash, there was an accident at the airport where a man was hospitalized in serious condition after being pinned under a forklift.
The airport is the largest and busiest in the state of Kansas. The airport will be renamed Dwight Eisenhower Airport in March 2015.