NTSB investigates cause of deadly downtown plane crash

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The names of the two killed in Sunday's plane crash at the downtown Kansas City airport were confirmed on Monday.

John and Diana Lallo of Youngstown, Ohio died in the crash as it was taking off about 2:45 p.m. The Lallos had family in Kansas City.

The National Transportation Safety Board sifted through the wreckage on Monday, searching for clues and removed it from the levee just past the runway.

The pilot reported engine problems on takeoff and witnesses say it made a sharp turn back toward the airport.

Pilots who fly at the airport know how quickly they start flying over the populated downtown area. One pilot says it's why he charts an emergency flight path in the air.

"You do have options. I have in the back of my head I'm going to start thinking I-70 can be used. The highway is a runway," Pilot Ryan Westward said.

It could take weeks before the NTSB determines the cause of the crash.

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