Transportation
1:11 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Crash Near Mid-Continent Airport Kills Fed Ex Pilot

A small plane crashed Tuesday south of Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, killing the pilot.

The pilot, who was not identified, was the only person on board.

Tony Molinaro, spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, says the pilot of the Cessna reported engine trouble shortly after taking off from Mid-Continent Airport. Molinaro says the pilot was trying to return to the airport when the crash occurred about two miles from Mid-Continent. He says the plane was headed to Garden City.

FAA records show the plane was registered to Fed Ex Corp. A Fed Ex spokesperson said in an emailed statement that the company extended its "thoughts and prayers" to people affected by the crash and referred questions to Barron Aviation, which operated the plane.