Four Killed In Flight Simulator When Airplane Crashes Into Their Building
Four people were killed Thursday morning when a small airplane crashed into a flight training center at Kansas’ Mid-Continent Airport.
The twin-engine Beechcraft King Air B200 lost power immediately after takeoff and crashed into the airport’s FlightSafety center just before 10 am.
Three people inside the building were killed, as well as the pilot, who was the only person onboard and has been identified as 53-year-old Mark Goldstein.
Three of the deceased were found inside a flight simulator, while one was on the building’s roof.
Five more people were injured and taken to Via Christi St. Francis Hospital immediately after the crash. One remains in serious condition.
According to witnesses, the aircraft hit the top of the building and then burst into flames.
Authorities have been unable to search the entirety of the FlightSafety building for additional victims due to safety concerns; however, crews are scheduled to remove portions of the building Friday to allow rescue workers inside.
An investigation is underway to determine what caused the plane’s power failure, although the pilot did report problems with the vehicle’s left engine prior to taking off.
Mid-Continent Airport faced some delays following the crash yesterday, but for the most part, all commercial flights continued as scheduled.
A preliminary report detailing the crash and events surrounding it will be published by the National Transportation Safety Board next week.
via The Wichita Eagle, Photo Courtesy: Brian Youngers