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Cargo Plane Crashes Near Kansas City Airport, Kills Four

April 14, 1987

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A cargo plane crashed in light fog Monday night in a field near Kansas City International Airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said.

The Boeing 707 crashed as it was preparing to land at the airport en route from Wichita, Kan., said Ron Cop, regional duty officer of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The bodies of three crew members and a passenger were recovered, accordin to the Platte County Sheriff’s office and Harold Knabe, a Kansas City Fire Department spokesman.

The crash at about 10 p.m. occurred just southeast of the airport, about 20 miles north of downtown. Visibility at the time was about one-half mile.

″Just exactly what happened we don’t know,″ Knabe said.

Witnesses reported seeing a burst of orange flame when the plane crashed in a field, radio station KCMO reported. The fire was put under control about an hour after the crash, said Charles Fisher, a Kansas City deputy fire chief.

The plane was owned by Buffalos Airways, Inc., and leased to Burlington Air Express, formerly known as Burlington Northern Air Freight. A Burlington official in Wichita, Kan., who wouldn’t give his name said the flight originated in Oklahoma City.

A woman who answered the phone at the company’s headquarters in Fort Wayne said there would be no comment on the crash.

It was the first large plane to crash at the airport since it opened in 1972.

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