Fatal Plane Crash Investigation Begins In Western Kentucky

OWENSBORO, KY (AP) -- Officials from two federal agencies have begun collecting evidence from the site of a small-plane crash in western Kentucky that killed the pilot.

Investigators looking into the crash will review communications between the plane and the air-traffic control tower before the crash happened.

The twin-engine Cessna 310R crashed Monday off Kentucky 554 just outside Owensboro, killing the pilot, who was the only person on board.

Authorities say 53-year-old Jerry John McKenney of Sturgis was killed as he headed to Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport from Evansville, Indiana. Dennis Diaz of the National Transportation Safety Board says McKenney made a stop at Evansville Regional Airport from an undetermined location.

Diaz and officials from the Federal Aviation Administration began their investigations yesterday, collecting evidence from the crash site and examining potential clues.

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