Great Bend. Kan__ The Kansas Highway Patrol is on the scene investigating a fatal plane crash in Barton County.
Troopers were called to the scene around 11:30 a.m. Sunday on the report of a plane crashing in a field near NW 30 Ave and NW 40 Road, northwest of Great Bend. A witness saw plane flying low over NW 30th, 1 mile east of crash site and said it looked like the pilot was trying to gain altitude.
The witness turned away, but then heard the plane crash. The single-engine plane went down in a field around 200-300 yards from the road. It had just taken off from the Great Bend Airport and is owned by someone in the area.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said the plane was an experiments Schrieber P-70.
The two people on board that died at the scene were 49-year-old Roger Brining from Great Bend and 24-year-old Daniel Bishop from Utah.
Roger Brining's daughter, Rachel Mawhirter took to Facebook after the tragedy saying, "This morning my dad's plane malfunctioned and crashed 2 miles west of Great Bend. He and my sisters boyfriend both passed away. Dad was a fantastic pilot and an even better father and husband. He will be so greatly missed in so many people's lives. We are overwhelmed with all of the support from friends and family. We will let everyone know when the service has been scheduled."
The Wichita Eagle reports that Brining was a prominent farmer and entrepreneur in Barton County who owned land next to the airport.
He was the owner of Brining Farms and was past president of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1134 and was a mentor in Young Eagles, an organization that promotes aviation to young people.
An FAA investigator is on the scene. The Kansas Highway Patrol is assisting with the investigation.