Two people were injured after a small plane crashed in a Jackson County cornfield Tuesday morning.
The plane, a Cessna 172, crashed just under two miles from the Atherton, Mo., airfield it took off from, according to Peter Knudson, a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board.
Jackson County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched around 8:40 a.m. to the site of the crash near 23000 E. Atherton Sibley Road. The occupants of the plane, a pilot and a passenger, were treated for their injuries and released.
Dispatchers say they were notified of the possible plane crash by air traffic controllers at Kansas City International Airport.
Controllers estimated the plane to be near the 23000 block of E. Atherton Sibley Road.
First responders eventually located two people from the crash. Their injuries weren’t initially considered life-threatening.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
The Federal Aviation Administration is working with the NTSB to determine whether the crash needs to be investigated by the NTSB. Knudson said that decision will likely be made by the end of the day and will be based on the plane’s damage.
Here’s a chopper look at the plane crash near Atherton, Mo. No serious injuries reported. Distress call went out around 8:41 a.m. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Mo Hwy Patrol and others are at the scene. pic.twitter.com/l1XKLjylc6
— Shain Bergan (@ShainKCTV) July 31, 2018