On Monday, August 23rd at approximately 11 am Bates County Dispatch was advised of a possible plane that had crashed northwest of Adrian. Bates County Deputies along with the Missouri Highway Patrol, Adrian Police, Adrian Fire, Butler Fire, and the Bates County EMS arrived in the area. The exact location was unknown, but it was believed to have been in the middle of a corn field. Another pilot had observed the plane in the field and landed to help direct emergency responders. A deputy on scene was equipped with a search and rescue drone and immediately deployed the drone to locate the plane.
The plane was located by the drone and the Bates County deputy was able to relay responding emergency personnel to the site through the corn. Additional personnel arrived with UTVs and ATVs to help support the rescue effort.
The plane had a single occupant who did not survive the crash. The name is currently being withheld until additional family has been notified. The case is being investigated as a joint investigation with the MSHP, FAA, NTSB, Bates County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bates County Coroner’s Office.
No further information will be released until the completion of the investigation.