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Power lines are likely cause of fatal plane crash at Clutier

December 12, 2012
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Recently erected power lines are now listed as the likely cause of a plane crash near Clutier which claimed the life of pilot William "Wilie" Konicek, 69, Traer.

A passenger, Max Morrison, 63, also of Traer, was severely injured in the Nov. 28 accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board, in a preliminary report issued last week, said it is believed Konicek had previously landed at an unimproved airstrip near the crash site where power lines in the vicinity had been buried underground.

The power lines had been erected above ground recently and the plane struck the lines on approach to the airstrip near 245th Street and R Avenue.

The two men were believed to have been on a pleasure flight from the Traer airport when the crash occurred.

Konicek, an experienced pilot, and Air Force veteran, was flying his 1946 model Taylorcraft BC-12-D.

A fund drive has been started by the Traer American Legion Post to aid the Morrison family.

Donations may be made to Farmers Bank c/o Max Morrison Benefits Account; 611 Second St., PO Box 435, Traer, Iowa, 50675.



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