August 28, 2006

Small plane crashes in Kentucky with seven aboard

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A small plane carrying seven people
crashed on Monday in rugged southeastern Kentucky, about 100
miles from Sunday's airliner crash in Lexington, aviation
authorities said.

It was unclear if there were any survivors from the crash
of the twin-engine Cessna 401, which took off from Kickapoo
Airport in Wichita Falls, Texas, a Federal Aviation
Administration spokesman said.

The spokesman did not know the plane's destination because
the pilot did not file a flight plan.

Witnesses near Jackson, Kentucky, told authorities they had
heard a plane and then heard and felt an explosion, said Buddy
Rogers of the state emergency management agency.

"It's a very remote area with very steep terrain," Rogers

The crash follows Sunday's accident in which Comair Flight
5191 went off a short runway at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport
and exploded in flames, killing 49 of the 50 aboard.