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Published On: Thu, Oct 30th, 2014

Wichita plane crash leaves at least four dead, five more injured

An airplane crashed into a two-story building at an airport in Wichita, Kansas early Thursday shortly after takeoff, leaving at least four people dead and five injured.

Global Dispatch 200x119The 10-seater, twin-engine plane struck a building at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport Thursday morning. Eyewitnesses at the scene have since posted photographs on the social media site Twitter of huge plumes of black smoke rising into the sky from the site of the crash.

Ron Blackwell, the chief of the Wichita Fire Department, said during a press conference shortly before lunch that authorities can confirm two fatalities, and said a search was ongoing.

Five people at that time were unaccounted for, Blackwell said, and five had been transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

That afternoon, the Associated Press reported that the death toll climbed to four.

A local NBC News affiliate reported shortly after that one person is listed critical condition as a result of the incident, and confirmed that the plane in question is a Beechcraft King Air that lost an engine during takeoff, citing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Around 45 minutes after the crash occurred, the FAA said in a statement that the aircraft crashed while attempting to return to the runway shortly after takeoff.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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