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Coroner IDs pilot killed in grain bin crash as 80-year-old

June 12, 2019

BUTLER, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot killed when his small plane crashed into a western Missouri grain bin was an 80-year-old man who split his time between Florida and Kansas City.

Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax identified him as John McConnell Jr. He was the only person aboard the eight-seat Cessna 425 when it crashed around 10:30 a.m. Monday near the airport in Butler, which is about 55 miles (89 kilometers) north of Kansas City. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The flight tracking site FlightAware shows that the plane had left the airport in Vero Beach, Florida, where he had a home, several hours earlier. It was headed to New Century AirCenter in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe, Kansas.

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