Kansas Highway Patrol

Kansas Highway Patrol

The Kansas Highway Patrol has released the identity of a fatal plane crash that occurred late Friday afternoon in Brown County.

The patrol said Bruce L. Lutz, 67, of Andover, was the pilot and sole occupant of a 1975 Beechcraft that crashed in a cornfield about 5:16 p.m., about a half-mile east of U.S. Highway 73 and a half-mile north of 260th Road, just north of Hiawatha and near the city’s airport.

First responders found the aircraft in flames when they arrived on the scene. The patrol stated the plane was flying south at the time before it crashed, “for an unknown reason.” The patrol said Brown County first responders pronounced Lutz dead at the scene before his transport to Frontier Forensics of Kansas City as part of the investigation.

The Federal Aviation Administration is in charge of investigating the cause of the crash. No new details have been released since the weekend.

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