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Officials: Pilot dies after plane crash in north-central Kansas

Delwyn Schmidt, 62, of Bennington, died after his experimental plane crashed Sunday in Ottawa County.
Delwyn Schmidt, 62, of Bennington, died after his experimental plane crashed Sunday in Ottawa County. Courtesy of Kansas Highway Patrol

SALINA – Authorities say a man has died after the small aircraft he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff in north-central Kansas.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the crash happened Sunday evening in Ottawa County north of the Saline-Ottawa county line.

Authorities say the experimental plane had only traveled about 100 to 200 yards before the pilot tried to make a turn to return home and the aircraft lost power. Officials say the pilot, who was the only person on the aircraft, could not make an emergency landing.

The highway patrol on Monday said the pilot, 62-year-old Delwyn Schmidt of Bennington, has died. He had been taken to Salina Regional Medical Center before being transferred to a hospital in Wichita.

An FAA spokesman says the homebuilt plane was destroyed when it crashed.

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