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Two die in single-engine plane crash on Highway 98

Update 5:31 p.m.: Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers confirm two people died Monday in a small aircraft crash.

The pilot, Charles McCutcheon, 67, and passenger Bryan Roth, 49, were from Fayette and Franklin respectively.

Patrol spokesperson Sgt. Scott White said the Federal Aviation Administration. and National Transportation Safety Board will be at the scene Tuesday and launch an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

Preliminary reports indicate the plane was traveling to Jessie Viertel Memorial Airport, which is near Route 98.

It’s unclear where the two men took off from and how much experience the pilot had. Troopers say that will all be part of the FAA investigation.

ABC 17 News searched the F.A.A. website and found the plane had not yet been registered.

Sgt. White said the crash was the first major crash in the area in a while, that he can recall.

Original story: A single-engine plane has crashed on Highway 98 just north of Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport.

KWRT news director Bob Bosma has reported that the plane was flying low and hit power lines. The plane was a four-seat Bellanca Viking registered to Howard County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed that there is an aircraft on the roadway.

According to dispatch reports, a power line was down at the scene and the grass caught fire. The plane ended up overturned in a ditch.

Stay with ABC 17 News while this story develops.

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