Report Attributes Fatal Plane Crash to Power Lines

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

Debris from a plane crash west of Clutier, Iowa, on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. (Brian Ray/KCRG-The Gazette)

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By Aaron Hepker

CLUTIER, Iowa - A plane crash killed a Traer man – and later, his passenger – outside of Clutier in November was likely caused by power lines.

According to a National Transportation Safety Board report released this week, 69-year-old William Konicek was approaching an airstrip in Clutier at 10:57 a.m. November 28, 2012. Max Morrison, 64, of Traer, was a passenger in Konicek’s Taylorcraft BC12-D light sport aircraft.

The report states that the plane hit power lines during their landing. The lines – which were transmitting 12,500 volts – were previously buried underground and had not been marked with orange balls, authorities said. Several strands of the cables were found in the wreckage of Konicek’s plane.

Konicek died at the scene and the cause of his death was determined to be “thermal and blunt force injuries.” Morrison died on January 7 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The report stated Konicek had flown into that airstrip on previous occasions, but had not done so recently.
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