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Officials release names in fatal plane crash

November 30, 2012
By ROSS BERCIK ( , Times-Republican

CLUTIER - New details have emerged in the plane crash that occurred Wednesday morning just west of Clutier in rural Tama County.

Thursday, the Tama County Sheriff's Office released that William Konicek, 69, of Traer, was declared dead on the scene after the plane went down around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday near 245th Street and R Avenue

The passenger in the single-engine aircraft, Max Morrison, 63, also of Traer, was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City where he is listed in critical condition.

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The remnants of the small airplane that crashed Wednesday near Clutier is shown in this Wednesday photo. Officials said Thursday that William Konicek, 69, of Traer was killed. His passenger, Max Morrison, 63, or Traer is listed in critical condition at the University of Iowa Hospitals.

The Federal Aviation Administration has not officially commented on a cause of the crash. Utility lines were down near the crash site, but it remains unclear if the plane struck them and was then brought down or was already in trouble before striking the lines.

The cause of the crash will likely take several months to determine as the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will coordinate with local law enforcement.

The plane, a 1946 Taylorcraft BC-12D, was issued its most recent certificate by the FAA on Oct. 3.



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