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Thursday, July 15, 2021

El Dorado Springs couple die in plane crash in Iowa

Two people have been identified after a fatal plane crash that happened in Muscatine, Iowa on Wednesday afternoon.

Officials with the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office say 68-year-old Daniel Slack and 69-year-old Sharon Slack, died following the plane crash. The couple was from El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

On Wednesday, just after 2:30 p.m., officials received a report from the Quad-City Air Traffic Control reporting a possible downed aircraft west of Highway 38 on 170th Street. Air controllers lost both radio and radar contact with the pilot in the area.

Officials responded to the area and shortly after responding located the crashed plane in a field approximately a quarter-mile north of 170th Street.

FAA’s website has released registration information regarding the aircraft that crashed in Muscatine on Wednesday. According to the FAA’s website, a fixed-wing single-engine plane was manufactured in 1972, with the current registered owner being God Speed Aviation LLC. The registered number was listed as N2801T.

The preliminary accident and incident report shows the pilot, who has not been named at this time, crashed under “unknown circumstances” in a field in Muscatine.

Following an investigation, officials believe the two left Ford Airport near Iron Mountain, Michigan, and were heading back to Missouri.

“It is unknown at this time what may have been the cause of the accident,” officials said in a release Thursday afternoon.

Officials say both the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are on the scene this morning conducting investigations.

Those assisting with this incident include volunteer fire departments from Durant, Wilton, Atalissa and Fruitland, the Muscatine Police and Fire Departments, Muscatine Search and Rescue, Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office and Reserve Sheriff’s Patrol, Iowa State Patrol, the Muscatine County Salvation Army, and Mills Marine of Muscatine.

According to a Tweet from NTSB, the involved plane is a Piper PA-28-180.