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Update: Names Released in Plane Crash that Kills Four

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The Nebraska State Patrol has released the names of four men killed in the crash of a twin-engine plane Friday afternoon, January 11, near Maxwell in Lincoln County, Neb.

The fatalities have been identified as the Mark Bottorff, 54, Lancaster, Kan., Ken Babcock, 71, Hiawatha, Kan., Jason Drane, 39, St. Joseph, Mo., and Chris Nelsen, 53, York, Neb.

The twin-engine plane piloted by Bottorff, was reported missing shortly after taking off from the North Platte airport around 3:46 p.m., (CST) on Friday, January, 11. The plane was located in a field approximately 13 miles Northeast of Maxwell.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the crash

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) _ Authorities say a plane crash near North Platte has killed four people.

The plane wreckage was found about 11 miles northeast of the North Platte Regional Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham-Cory says the names of the four people aboard the multi-engine plane were being withheld until relatives could be notified.

The plane took off from North Platte at 3:46 p.m. on its way to York Municipal Airport, about 170 miles to the east.

Authorities lost contact with the plane seven minutes after takeoff. A search for the plane after it didn't arrive in York.

Isham-Cory says the National Transportation Safety Board has begun an investigation.

Source:  The North Platte Telegraph

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