KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - An area couple died Sunday afternoon after their single-engine plane crashed at a small airport near downtown Kansas City.
Dead are John K. Lallo and his wife, Diana. No other injuries were reported and it wasn't immediately clear who was piloting the plane.
Fire Department spokesman James Garrett says the single-engine Mooney crashed shortly after taking off Sunday afternoon from the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.
Lynn Lunsford, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the pilot reported engine trouble shortly after departing the airport. He says the plane crashed about a quarter mile from the airport. FAA records show the plane was registered to Air McRoyal, of Youngstown.
Wheeler Airport, located just west of downtown Kansas City, is used largely by corporate and recreational flyers.