Authorities identify man who died in Barton County plane crash

A pilot died after his ultralight crashed at the Great Bend Municipal Airport.
A pilot died after his ultralight crashed at the Great Bend Municipal Airport.

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GREAT BEND, Kansas — Lucas Campbell, 26, died Tuesday after an ultralight plane crashed in Barton County according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

It happened at the Great Bend Municipal Airport around 1 p.m.

The ultralight aircraft crashed in the grassy area between the runway and the taxi way during takeoff.

Campbell was taken to the Great Bend Regional Hospital where he died.

Officials say the aircraft was flying south across the airport at a very slow rate of speed, when the aircraft elevated, then nose-dived and collided with the ground.

Campbell was a flight instructor for Centerline Aviation. According to the company’s website, he learned to fly at Kansas State University at Salina where he got a degree in Aeronautical Technology.

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