GUTHRIE COUNTY, Iowa (KMEG) — The Guthrie County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that four people died in a small plane crash in Iowa Friday evening.
The plane was being flown by a student pilot after the pilot had suffered a heart attack.
Authorities say that Des Moines Air Traffic Control received a request for an emergency landing around 5:00 p.m. Friday for a single-engine aircraft at the Guthrie Center Airport.
First responders were at the airport waiting for the aircraft, but it never arrived. Traffic control reported that the aircraft had dropped off radar approximately 4 away from the airport.
The aircraft was spotted in a cow pasture by a local resident just after 6:15 a.m. Saturday morning.
Authorities say all four people in the aircraft died at the scene. They have been identified as the pilot, 49-year-old Edward Ralph Anderson, 36-year-old Patrick Kellen and 15-year-old Samantha Clark, all of Le Mars, and 28-year-old Tyler Douvia, of Merrill, the Associated Press reports.
The cause of the crash is pending and the crash site has been secured by investigators.