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Kansas pilot wrecks after trying to take off from highway

GREAT BEND, Kan. | A man whose private plane ran into a fence while taking off from a highway outside Great Bend suffered minor injuries.

But his troubles may just be beginning.

Authorities want to know why he was using a highway as a runway. The accident occurred Wednesday at the intersection of K-156 and U.S. 56.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says pilot Kenny Doonan refused treatment and was able to walk away from the accident. He was the sole occupant of the small 2006 Aviat.

Trooper David Jacobs says it appears a gust of wind caught the aircraft as it was taking off. The plane flipped, crashing through a chain-link fence on the side of the highway.

Authorities say the incident is under investigation.

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