Pilot Ignored Weather Warnings Before Crash

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Federal investigators says a pilot with three decades of flying experience apparently ignored a severe weather warning 14 minutes before his plane crashed, killing him and three others.

Two men and two women died when the plane crash Wednesday night as it tried to return to the Great Bend airport. Roger Richter, Justin Larson, Layne Mason and Kimberly Caley died.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board spent yesterday working at the crash site.

Barton County Sheriff Buck Causey said stormy weather Wednesday night apparently was the main cause of the crash. Causey says the Richter was advised by flight controllers to return to the airport because of heavy thunderstorms. Fourteen minutes later, the plane crashed.

Investigators say the four apparently had decided to go sight-seeing.