Fourth person dies after southeast Kansas plane crash

A fourth person involved in Friday’s plane crash near Chanute has died, a spokeswoman at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis said Saturday.

Austin G. Anderson, 27, Ringwood, Okla., died at the Wichita hospital. The three killed at the scene of the accident were pilot Luke F. Sheets, 23, of Ephraim, Wis., and passengers Garrett V. Coble, 29, of Tulsa, and Stephen J. Luth, 22, of Muscatine, Iowa, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported.

A fifth person, Hannah N. Luce, 22, of Garden Valley, Texas, was at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Her condition is unknown.

The twin-engine Cessna 401 was westbound when it landed in a field at about 4:30 p.m. about nine miles west of Chanute, the highway patrol report said. The plane skidded 200 feet before hitting a tree line, then spun 180 degrees.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the eight-passenger plane caught fire after the crash.

The plane was en route to Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Knudson said the plane lost contact with air traffic control shortly after getting permission to descend to a lower altitude. Knudson says investigators were unaware of any distress call.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

Contributing: Associated Press