HILLSBORO, Kansas – Donald Dahl, a current legislator, has died from injuries suffered in an ultralight plane crash near Hillsboro. He was appointed to fill the late Janet Juhnke’s seat in the legislature.
The crash happened around 1:45 p.m. Friday about two miles south of Hillsboro at 947 170th Road in Marion County.
The ultralight was reportedly flying at a very low altitude and went down in a pond after hitting a tree limb.
The plane fell to the ground and flipped upside down into the water.
EMS transported Dahl to the Hillsboro Hospital where he later died.
Dahl is a former six-term Kansas House member who was appointed in December to the state’s Supreme Court Nominating Commission.
The retired U.S. Navy officer served in the House as a Republican from 1996 through 2008, including the last two years as speaker pro tem.
He also was chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee for four years.
Dahl earned a bachelor’s degree from Tabor College in Hillsboro.
Dahl was 69 years old.
Representative Jan Pauls told KSN that Dahl had great military stories. She said she will remember him fondly.
“He just had a lot of outstanding character,” said Representative Pauls.
Hillsboro residents told KSN that Dahl will be missed.
The Kansas Highway Patrol and Marion County Sheriff’s responded to the scene of the crash.
KHP has contacted the Federal Aviation Administration. The crash remains under investigation.