Plane, bodies found in Guthrie Center crash
GUTHRIE CENTER — A plane that left Le Mars on Friday was found in the early morning hours on Saturday.
Three passengers, including the pilot, were found deceased. Names have not been released pending family notifications.
Emergency responders from four counties mobilized about 9 p.m. Friday to search for a private plane that was reported missing just before sundown.
Unconfirmed reports indicate the plane was traveling from Le Mars to Des Moines when the pilot suffered a heart attack.
A student pilot reportedly took the controls of the aircraft and was first directed toward an emergency landing at the Perry airport and then at the Guthrie Center airport.
Public safety authorities from Guthrie, Dallas, Audubon and Carroll counties, along with the Iowa State Patrol, numerous volunteer fire department personnel and the Civil Air Patrol searched for the lost plane.
The initial search area was south of Iowa Highway 44 and the Guthrie County Airport. Radio traffic indicated the last electronic contact with the plane was near 2440 Pecan Ave. in rural Guthrie County.
It is believed the plane is a four-passenger private aircraft.