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Small airplane crashes Saturday afternoon near Butler, Missouri, airport

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Posted at 5:41 PM, May 25, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A small plane with seven people on board crashed near Butler Memorial Airport Saturday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

First responders received a report of the crash around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Officials located a single-engine Cessna C206 in a hay field to the east of the airport's runways.

The pilot parachuted from the plane before the crash and was located at the airport hangar, per the Bates County Sheriff's Office.

Those on board the plane were treated on the scene and were released.

The sheriff's office said the plane was a total loss.

In a statement Sunday, the National Transportation Safety Board said preliminary information indicates the plane was flying a skydiving mission, where "all passengers and the pilot were able to exit the plane before it crashed."

"The wreckage will be recovered to an offsite facility for examination. During the on-scene phase of the investigative process, the NTSB does not determine or speculate about the cause of the accident," NTSB shared.

A preliminary report is expected within 30 days.