The Federal Aviation Administration has been called in to investigate a double fatal plane crash in southern Ralls County.
An Arkansas couple is dead following a late Thursday night plane crash in southern Ralls County.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the single-plane crash in a rural soybean field near the Audrain County line.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol the occupants have been identified as Bobby Faulkner, 41, and Shannon Faulkner, 41, of Greenwood, Ark. It is believed Bobby Faulkner was the pilot of the aircraft.
Their plan crashed in a field located south of Route D and about 400 yards west of Prairieview Road. The plane’s fuselage was in the middle of the field, with at least one wing visible.
On July 27, 2017, at approximately 11:24 p.m., Troop F Headquarters in Jefferson City, Mo., received a request from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center to assist with locating a missing aircraft they were attempting to locate. The aircraft had recently taken off from the Mexico, Mo., airport with a destination of Oshkosh, Wisc. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center provided a GPS location in rural Ralls County for troopers to check.
Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Ralls County Sheriff’s Office, Ralls County Ambulance District, Perry Fire Department, and Ralls County first responders began checking the area. On July 28, at approximately 12:56 a.m., emergency personnel located a 2003 Zenith 701 single-engine airplane crashed in a soybean field approximately six miles northwest of Laddonia, Mo.
The couple was pronounced dead at the scene by Ralls County Coroner Robert Van Winkle.
“I got a call at 1 a.m. and arrived here about 1:30,” said Van Winkle. “A couple in the place was deceased.”
At this time, it is unknown where the aircraft's flight plan originated.