The Mayor of Le Mars and family members of victims involved in a deadly plane crash are thanking Guthrie County first responders for the hard work they displayed Nov. 9 and 10.
First responders here were made aware of a plane that requested to make an emergency landing at the Guthrie County Regional Airport at about 5 p.m. Nov. 9. The plane did not land at the airport and could not be located, so local first responders conducted an all-night search for the plane.
A Guthrie County resident eventually discovered the plane in a pasture about five miles southwest of the airport on Nov. 10.
All four people in the plane had died at the crash site. Those involved in the crash included Edward Ralph Anderson, 49, Patrick Kellen, 36, and Samantha Clar, 15, of Le Mars, and Tyler Douvia, 28, of Merrill.
The following letters were sent to the newspaper in response to first responder’s efforts those two days:
From Dick Kirchoff
Mayor of Le Mars, Iowa
Dear Sheriff Arganbright,
On behalf of the City of Le Mars, Iowa Public Safety Departments, City Departments and Citizens, I would like to thank you and your citizens for all the support and efforts during the recent plane crash near your town. We are so thankful for the hard work and effort put forth by so many from the City of Guthrie Center and Guthrie County in searching for our lost plane crash victims and the assitance offered to their families.
This was a huge loss to our community and these victims were well known and respected by a lot of people here in Le Mars, Iowa and Plymouth County. Please know that your efforts and support in this most difficult time was and is greatly appreciated. If there is ever anything we can do for you or your citizens in the future, please do not hesitate to ask.
Please pass along this note of thanks and gratitude to any and all who may have been involved in this most difficult situation.
From the family of Ed Anderson
Le Mars, Iowa
On November 9, 2018, a plane carrying our son, the pilot, and three others fell out of radar contact near Guthrie Center.
Apparently, the tragedy was the result of carbon monoxide in the plane’s cabin.
Guthrie Center and surrounding fire departments, along with numerous other organizations including rescue units and law enforcement, provided in depth search for the missing plane. Our greatest fears came true. This tragic loss
to our families is very difficult. We do sincerely thank all the volunteers that devoted their time in our desperate hopes for the search of survivors.
I am sure many of the volunteers had other plans for that Friday evening. We cannot express enough how grateful we are for their taking the time for the search of the downed plane. We will long remember the compassion expressed
while we frantically waited at your fire station. Your community and surrounding communities are to be commended. Thank you.