Two men flying from Colorado to Illinois die in crash near Kirksville Regional Airport, Missouri

Crash victims identified

ADAIR COUNTY, Mo. - Two people flying from Colorado to Illinois died Tuesday night when their plane crashed on final approach at the Kirksville Regional airport in Missouri.

The FAA told KTVO-TV that the Piper PA-32 left Centennial Airport on Tuesday.

A flight tracking website shows the plane was heading for Illinois when it was diverted to Missouri.

Adair County Coroner Brian Noe identified the victims Wednesday as 64-year-old Robert Groh and 66-year-old James Quinn, both of Wisconsin. The coroner did not know which one was the pilot.
 
Quinn was a flight instructor at Wisconsin Aviation. Groh was president and CEO of GEO-Synthetics of Waukesha, Wis., according to KTVO.

It crashed in a rural area about three miles southeast of Kirksville.  Airport Director Glenn Balliew told KTVO-TV that the plane's wreckage was scattered along a 300-yard path through a pasture, a wooded area and a bean field.

The victims' bodies were found in a ditch near the cockpit.

The plane crashed in the rain, but investigators said they don't yet know if the weather played a role in the crash.

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