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July 18, 2014

1 killed in plane crash in field near Ellis

One person was killed in a plane crash Friday morning near Ellis, Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Tod Hileman said.

One person was killed in a plane crash Friday morning near Ellis, Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Tod Hileman said.

The fixed-wing, single-engine plane crashed in a field southeast of 170th Street and St. John-St. Andrew Road, Hileman said. That’s about five miles north and five miles east of Ellis, in northwest Kansas.

Hileman identified the pilot who was killed as Garrett Moore, 23, from Oakley. He was the only person on board the plane, said Elizabeth Cory, a spokeswoman from the FAA.

A local farmer spotted the plane in a field and called 911 sometime before 10 a.m., Hileman said. The Air Tractor AT-401B spray plane is owned by Frontier AG out of Oakley.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash, Cory said. Investigations may take six months or a year to complete, she said.

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