- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PLEASANTON, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Highway Patrol says two Kansas City-area men were killed in a small plane crash in Linn County.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane took off from a private airstrip, struck a tree and crashed Tuesday afternoon northwest of Pleasanton in eastern Kansas.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the aircraft is a Zodiac CH601XL.

The patrol identified the dead as 67-year-old Herbert Lewis Siegel of Stillwell, who was flying the plane, and 57-year-old Brian Clark Decker of Independence, Missouri.

Federal authorities are investigating the crash.

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