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Authorities continue to investigate fatal Johnson County plane crash

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UPDATED 10:13 p.m. MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2017

The Johnson County Coroner has released the names of the victims of Saturday's plane crash in Vienna.

They are Curt R. Terpstra, 34, Jordan Linder, 35, Jasmine Linder, 26, and Krista Green, 37.

All victims were from Iowa.

ORIGINAL STORY

JOHNSON COUNTY - A New Years Eve flight headed from Iowa to Nashville narrowly missed the power lines in David Oliver's back yard Saturday night.

“Commented to my wife that, you know, he shouldn’t be that low on a night like tonight and probably 10, 15 seconds later, heard the crash,” Oliver said. 

Authorities began searching and found the plane a half mile into a field off East Crossroads Road just south of Vienna, in Johnson County. 

Johnson County Coroner David Rockwell found four people dead on the scene Saturday night. 

"All adults. Two male, two female. Positive identification has not been made on all of the victims yet. We are in the process of doing that and notifying next of kin," Rockwell said.

An autopsy was performed Monday on the presumed pilot. Authorities have not positively identified any of the victims in the crash.

The plane was a Piper PA28. According the Federal Aviation Administration registry, the plane is registered to Curt Terpstra in Pella, Iowa. 

Although the pilot has not been identified, their flying history will be a vital tool for the National Transportation Safety Board, according to their lead investigator Ed Malinowski. 

“We’re looking for the log books. The log books were not found in the aircraft so we’ll have to develop the history otherwise,” Malinowski said. 

Investigators continued examining the wreckage Monday.

“The three main things we’ll look at is the plane, which includes its weight bearing capabilities, the pilot and the weather that was occurring at the time,” Malinowski said.


 

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