NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two people died in a plane crash at the Johnson County Executive Airport Tuesday afternoon, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. According to the FAA, the plane had a registration from Shelbyville but the victims are not from Tennessee.
Shortly after 4 p.m., police and fire personnel from Overland Park and Olathe were sent to the scene near 156th Street and Parkhill Street. The plane was on fire when officers arrived, according to Overland Park police.
Officials said 48-year-old Jonathan J. Vannatta, of Arkansas, and 43-year-old Darcy L. Matthews, of Texas, were killed when the plane landed in a field a short distance to the east of the runway.
Tony Molinaro, an FAA public affairs official for the central region, said that a single-engine Mooney M20S crashed "under unknown circumstances" after departing from the Johnson County airport. The aircraft was destroyed in a fire after the crash.
Video from 41 Action News SKYTRACKER showed a small single-engine plane in a field adjacent to the airport, located on 151st Street between Pflumm Road and Quivira Road.
A Johnson County, Kansas, Sheriff's spokesperson said the crash happened shortly after take-off.
FAA investigators are en route to the crash site.
This is a developing story and will be updated.