Small plane crash outside of Dodge City

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating a small plane just south of the Dodge City Airport.

Three people on the 1969 Cessna fixed wing aircraft escaped serious injuries Wednesday when it lost air speed and clipped some trees before crashing in a field.

The plane’s pilot was 61-year-old Joseph M. Baker, of Wellington. Passengers were 43-year-old Stephanie L. Johnson, of Wichita, and 33-year-old Clarence J. Sponsel II, of Haysville.

Baker and Johnson were treated at Western Plains Hospital.

Patrol Trooper R.T. Lothman says it’s possible the plane ran out of fuel and stalled but the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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