Passenger numbers are in a holding pattern at the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita.
The airport's latest passenger figures show the number of passengers fell four percent in December, compared to the same month of 2011. Nearly 116,000 passengers used the airport last month. That's down by almost 4,000 passengers from the previous year.
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.