TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Kansas Highway Patrol has confirmed two people are dead after a plane crash near Billard Airport, in Oakland.
According to KHP, the victims are William Leeds, 61, of Topeka and James Bergman, 55, of Leawood.
Leeds was a doctor with Pulmonary and Sleep Associates in Topeka.
Both were killed when the plane missed the runway at the Philip Billard Municipal Airport and hit the ground at a high rate of speed. The plane landed in a field between the runway and the taxi road to the airport terminal. Both men were wearing seat belts.
The plane was a fixed-wing multi-engine plane manufactured in 1965.
The crash was reported around 8:30 p.m., Monday. The plane that crashed was registered out of Mission, Kansas, in Johnson County.
KSNT News will continue to update this story as information becomes available.