Services set for family killed in plane crash near Topeka
From wire reports
Funeral services have been set for the family of four killed in a plane crash Friday near Topeka.
The victims were Richard Dylan Spencer, 35, a County Commissioner in Scott City, Kan., his wife, Amy Beth Spencer, 34, a special education teacher, and their daughters, Chase, 7, and Ansley, 5.
WIBW in Topeka reports that funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Holton.
In Scott City, the Spencers were being mourned as a well-known family in the small farming community.
“I’ve known the family all my life,” Rep. Don Hineman of Dighton said late Friday. “Dylan was a very, very ambitious and hard-working young man. Amy was involved in education. It’s just a tragedy.”
Larry Hoeme, a Scott County commissioner, said of Dylan Spencer: “He is one that will be missed for years to come. He was one of the young leaders of the community. It’s devastating.”
Dylan Spencer was piloting the plane when it crashed into a muddy field three miles north of Topeka.
Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash, told The Associated Press on Saturday that preliminary indications are that both engines were producing power at the time of impact.
“There was no distress call,” Knudson said. “The pilot was in contact with air traffic control. The aircraft struck the ground in a left-wing, nose-low attitude at a high velocity and cartwheeled. That created an impact crater 21 feet long, and the entire debris field was 370 feet long by 100 feet wide.”
He said the engines ended up 4 to 5 feet below ground.
Weather conditions around Topeka were cool and damp, but there were no severe storms in the area when the plane went down.
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