DERBY, Kansas - Authorities say two men are dead after a small airplane crashed shortly after takeoff from Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport.
The crash happened just after 10 a.m. Friday morning northeast of 95th South and Webb Road.
The plane is a 1975 Cessna 500 business jet with tail number N610ED according to the FAA registry. We are told the plane was carrying two people.
The itinerary on their website confirms that they were scheduled to be in Wichita Thursday and leave for Texas Friday.
KSN confirmed that the plane belongs to the Ed Dufresne Ministries of Murrieta, CA and that Ed Dufresne was on the flight. The plane was piloted by Mitchell Morgan of Murrieta, California.
Several people called in reports of a small plane crashing.
They saw smoke and flames coming from the area.
Sheriff Jeff Easter says the plane split apart before hitting the ground Friday morning and pieces of human remains were found.
The various scenes will be secured for several days as the National Transportation Safety Board conducts their investigation
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