GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa — Four people were killed in a small plane crash when the pilot apparently suffered a heart attack leaving it to a student pilot to attempt to land safely, authorities said.
The plane, a 1979 single-engine Piper, disappeared from radar Friday night after the student pilot alerted Iowa air traffic controllers that the instructor had fallen ill.
Authorities were prepared for an emergency landing at Guthrie Center airport, but the plane never made it to the airport. The remnants of the plane were found in a cow pasture about four miles from the airport, KCCI-TV reported.
All four passengers — who had been flying from Le Mars to Osceola for a hunting trip — were declared dead at the scene.
Police identified the victims as Edward Ralph Anderson, 49, who was the pilot, Patrick Kellen, 36, Tyler Douvia, 28, and 15-year-old Samantha Clark.
The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.