One dead after small airplane crashes in mid-Missouri

MILLERSBURG, Mo. | A small plane has crashed in a pasture in mid-Missouri, killing the only person on board.

The man's identity wasn't immediately released after the crash Tuesday morning.

Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane said witnesses reported seeing a plane flying about 50 or 60 feet above the ground. They heard a sputtering engine and smelled gas fumes, then heard a crash a few minutes later.

Crane says the plane — a 1947 Piper airplane — went down in a pasture about five miles east of Columbia Regional Airport.

He says a driver's license was found in the wreckage, but authorities are still working to confirm the man's identity through relatives.