Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigators and members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol were still on the scene of a fatal plane crash around 2 p.m. Friday, July 28, approximately six miles northwest of Laddonia.
The plane went down into a soybean field just off Kentucky Lane, not too far from the intersection with Prairie View Road.
That intersection was taped off by accident investigators.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol news release, Troop F received a request from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center around 11:24 p.m. on July 27 to assist with locating a missing aircraft they were attempting to locate.
The aircraft had recently taken off from the Mexico Regional Airport with plans to arrive in Oshkosh, Wisc.
The AFRCC provided a GPS location in rural Ralls County for troopers to check.
Those looking for the aircraft included members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Ralls County Sheriff’s Office, Ralls County Ambulance District, Perry Fire Department, and Ralls County first responders.
At around 12:56 a.m., emergency personnel located a 2003 Zenith 701 single-engine airplane crashed in the soybean field.
Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene by Ralls County Coroner Robert Van Winkle. The pilot Bobby Faulkner, age 41, and Shannon Faulkner, age 41, both of Greenwood, Ark. were identified.
At press time, it is unknown where the aircraft’s flight plan originated.