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One Traer man dead, another injured after plane crash in Clutier

November 30, 2012
Ross Bercik - Managing Editor , Traer Star-Clipper

CLUTIER - New details have emerged in the plane crash that occurred Wednesday morning just west of Clutier in rural Tama County.

The Tama County Sheriff's Office can now confirm that William Konicek, 69, of Traer, was declared dead on the scene after the plane went down around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday near 245th St. and R Ave.

The Tama County Medical Examiner's Office was finally able to make a positive identification this afternoon and family has been notified.

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The scene of the crash as it appeared on Wednesday, November 28th. The plane was completely engulfed in flames, killing the pilot and severely burning the passenger, who was airlifted to the University of Iowa burn center in Iowa City. (Photo by Ross Bercik)

The passenger in the single-engine aircraft, Max Morrison, 63, also of Traer, was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. According to the sheriff's office, Morrison remains in critical condition at this hour.

The FAA has not - as has been reported by other media outlets - officially commented on a cause of the crash. Utility lines were down near the crash site, but it remains unclear if the plane struck them and was then brought down, or was already in trouble before striking the lines.

The cause of the crash will likely take several months to determine, as the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will coordinate with local law enforcement.

The plane, a 1946 Taylorcraft BC-12D, was issued its most recent certificate by the FAA on October 3 of this year, which was valid for the next three years.



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