Four people in a small airplane died Friday when a pilot suffered a suspected heart attack and a student pilot attempted to make an emergency landing but crashed “very hard” in a cow pasture south of Guthrie Center.
Someone in the 1979 Piper Dakota requested to make an emergency landing about 5 p.m. at the Guthrie County Regional Airport east of Guthrie Center after Edward Ralph Anderson, 49, of Le Mars, was unable to continue piloting the plane, according to a Guthrie County Sheriff report.
Anderson and his three passengers were flying from Le Mars to Osceola at the time. They included Patrick Kellen, 36, and Samantha Clar, 15, of Le Mars, and Tyler Douvia, 28, of Merrill.
It’s unclear who was the student pilot.
The plane never reached the airport, and it went missing from radar about four miles southwest of the airport.
Scores of law officers and emergency responders searched the area, and about 6:30 a.m. Saturday a resident discovered the plane in a pasture about five miles southwest of the airport.
All four people in the plane died at the crash site.
Federal records show the single-propeller airplane’s registration was pending for C&D Farms II LLC, which applied for it in June.