Two dead after plane crash in southeast Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Two men were killed Wednesday in a plane crash in southeast Nebraska, the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office said.

Around 11 p.m., Nemaha County dispatch received a call regarding a missing small plane that had left Lincoln for an airport east of Auburn.

The airplane was supposed to come back to Lincoln but it never returned, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies later found a crashed plane about a mile south of the Auburn airport.

Both occupants, 24-year-old Colton Hill of Kearney, and 41-year-old Dustan Biegler of Valparaiso, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will now conduct an investigation into the crash.

Colton was a former aviation student and baseball player at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  He graduated in 2022.

“The UNK family offers our heartfelt condolences to Colton’s family and friends,” the university said in a press release. “Colton was a visible member of our campus and the Kearney and UNK Aviation communities. He will be missed. We are saddened and share in your grieving.”

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