BROKEN BOW - One person was killed and another person was injured in a plane crash Wednesday afternoon near the Broken Bow Municipal Airport.
Passenger John L. Webb, 48, of Huntsville, Texas, died in the crash. The pilot, Dustin L. Webb, 33, also of Huntsville, survived.
According to the Custer County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration, a 1972 Beech E-55 two-engine plane crashed 100 yards northwest of the runway at about 1:30 p.m. at the Broken Bow airport.
The aircraft is registered in Huntsville to Dustin Webb. The Webbs were returning to Texas from North Dakota at the time of the crash.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board have taken over the investigation.
Lanny Lambrecht, Holdrege Airport manager, was working in his maintenance shop at the Holdrege Airport Wednesday when he heard someone declare an airplane emergency over the UNICOM, also know as Universal Communications, system. Lambrecht said the UNICOM system is used by pilots when they are calling into an airport.
"I heard an airplane declare an emergency, then I heard someone else try to get a hold of that airplane," Lambrecht said. He assumes the respondent was another pilot because pilots are usually the only ones who use the UNICOM system because airplanes must be high enough to use the frequencies. The first pilot never answered, Lambrecht said.
"It all took place in a matter of 10 minutes or less," Lambrecht said.
He called a friend at Broken Bow, who then called him back with verification that there had been a crash at the Broken Bow airport.
The airport road near the crash site will be closed for the next two days.
World-Herald News Service/Kearney Hub
The pilot of the plane that crashed in central Nebraska radioed for help just prior to the fatal plane wreck.
A pilot of a National Guard Helicopter picked up the distress call and notified authorities. He also reported the crash.The Beechcraft 95-E55 Baron crashed just short of the Broken Bow Airport at around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, according to the Custer County Sheriff’s office. 48-year-old John Webb of Huntsville, Texas, a passenger on the plane, died in the crash. The pilot, 34-year-old Dustin Webb also of Huntsville, suffered critical injuries in the wreck. Emergency crews initially took him to a local hospital, then flew him by emergency helicopter to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln. John Webb is Dustin’s uncle.Investigators for the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are on the scene.
A small-plane crash near the Broken Bow Airport killed one person and injured another. According to the Custer County Sheriff's Department and the Federal Aviation Administration, a 1972 Beech E-55 two-engine plane crashed 100 yards northwest of the runway at the airport at approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
According to the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, a two-engine plane went down in a field just northwest of the Broken Bow Municipal Airport.
John Webb of Dodge, Texas was killed in the crash. John's father-in-law says he is in his 50s and leaves behind a wife, Dixie, a 25-year-old son and a 21-year-old daughter.
The family says for the last nine months, John was working in North Dakota for East Texas Oil Field Supply. Normally, John flew commercial. However, this time his boss decided to fly his private plane.
The family says officials told them it appears the plane lost an engine and tried to make an emergency landing in Broken Bow, but didn’t make it.The Custer County Sheriff's office first responded to the crash, but the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board have taken over the investigation. They'll continue to look into the cause of the crash.