Pilot killed in Ottawa County plane crash identified

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SALINA, Kan. (AP/WIBW) — Authorities have identified the man killed when his small aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff in southern Ottawa County as Delwyn Schmidt, 62 of Bennington, Kansas.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the crash of Delwyn's home made experimental plane happened around 5:40 p.m. Sunday north of the Saline-Ottawa county line.

Authorities say the plane had only traveled about 100 to 200 yards before the pilot tried to make a turn to return home and the aircraft lost power. Officials say the pilot could not make an emergency landing.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, was transported to the Salina Regional Medical Center before being transferred to a hospital in Wichita.

An FAA spokesman says the homebuilt plane was destroyed when it crashed.