SE Kansas Plane Crash Claims Fourth Life

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CHANUTE, Kan. (WIBW) - A plane crash in southeast Kansas has now claimed four lives.

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers say a twin engine Cessna 401 went down and caught fire around 5:30 Friday afternoon, nine miles west of Chanute.

Officials say five people were on board.

They say the plane was en route from Riverside, Kan., to Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Troopers say the plane received permission to descend to a lower altitude, then lost contact with air traffic control.

They say the aircraft was westbound when it landed in a field, skidding 200 feet before impacting a tree line.

The pilot, 23-year-old Luke Sheets, of Wisconsin, 22-year-old Stephen Luth, of Iowa, 27-year-old Austin Anderson and 29-year-old Garrett Coble, both of Oklahoma, were killed in the crash.

A fifth passenger, 22-year-old Hannah Luce, remains at KU Medical Center with disabling injuries.

The Tulsa World reports three of the victims were recent Oral Roberts University graduates.