May 19, 2020 8:45 PM

Small plane lands on I-470 in Kansas City suburb

Posted May 19, 2020 8:45 PM
Photo courtesy Kansas City Scout
Photo courtesy Kansas City Scout

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — A small plane was forced to land on an interstate in suburban Kansas City Tuesday afternoon when one of the plane's two engines apparently failed, authorities said.

The pilot was the only one on board and was not injured when the plane landed on eastbound 470 in Lee's Summit, police said. The plane hit a few signs while landing but no other serious damage was reported.

Police said the plane is a twin-engine Bonanza based at Lee's Summit Municipal Airport.

Photo courtesy Missouri State Highway Patrol
Photo courtesy Missouri State Highway Patrol

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said on Twitter that the pilot was making his final approach to the Lee's Summit airport when the engine failed.

The interstate was expected to be closed for two to three hours while the airplane is removed.

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May 19, 2020 8:45 PM
KC man charged with murder in hit-and-run that killed 2
Mertens- photo Clay Co. Sheriff

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder after a hit-and-run crash that killed two people in February.

Michael P. Mertens, 28, was charged Monday in the deaths of Judith Morris and Virgil M. Dixon, who were in a vehicle that Mertens hit as he sped through a stop sign, Jackson County prosecutors said Monday.

He fled the scene after the vehicle crashed but was later taken into custody.

Mertens is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and driving while a license was revoked.

A witness told police she was following Mertens because he was driving an SUV that had been stolen from her mother when she saw him speed up and run the stop sign.

Online court records do not name an attorney for Mertens, who is being held in the Clay County jail in a separate case.