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2 Wis. men die in single-engine plane crash near Kirksville

KIRKSVILLE (AP) — Authorities say two Wisconsin men died when their single-engine plane crashed near the Kirksville Regional Airport.

Kirksville airport Director Glenn Balliew says the Piper 32-A Saratoga crashed while on approach to the northern Missouri airport.

Adair County Coroner Brian Noe identified the victims Wednesday as 64-year-old Robert Groh and 66-year-old James Quinn. The coroner did not know which one was the pilot.

Balliew says the plane’s wreckage was scattered along a 300-yard path through a pasture, a wooded area and a bean field about three miles from Kirksville. The bodies of the two victims were found in a ditch.

Investigators say the airplane was stopping for fuel on a flight from Denver. An investigation by the National Transportation and Safety Board continues.

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