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June 25, 2013

Great Bend man, 26, killed in small-plane crash

A 26-year-old Great Bend man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a plane crash at the Great Bend Municipal Airport.

A 26-year-old Great Bend man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a plane crash at the Great Bend Municipal Airport.

Lucas Campbell was flying a single-passenger ultralight aircraft when it crashed shortly after 1 p.m., according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report. He was taken to the Great Bend hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Campbell had taken off and was maneuvering when his aircraft crashed in a grassy area between the main runway and taxiway, said Martin Miller, airport manager. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Campbell is listed as a flight instructor for Great Bend-based Centerline Aviation, according to the company’s website. A woman who answered the phone at Centerline declined to discuss the incident.

According to the website, Campbell learned to fly at Kansas State University’s Salina campus, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical technology. He had more than 700 hours of flying time. In 2009, he began cloud seeding in western Kansas, the website said.

He later worked for Signature Flight Support in Wichita before joining Centerline in Great Bend. He was also a freight hauler for United Parcel Service.

Campbell graduated from Burrton High School in 2004.

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