Two men were aboard a small plane that crashed near the Seward, Nebraska airport Sunday morning. Neither man survived. On Monday, Seward County Sheriff Joe Yocum released the identities of the victims as 58-year old Jeff Clausen of Lincoln and 56-year old Mark Pearson of Plymouth, Nebraska.
Seward County E911 received a call about 9:47am Sunday alerting authorities to the crash. The caller said a small bi-plane went down in a cornfield north of Fletcher Road, about a half mile west of Highway #15. When first responders arrived, they found the plane and the two occupants. Autopsies have been ordered as part of the investigation.
Two FAA investigators were immediately dispatched to investigate. An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board arrived Monday morning to examine the wreckage of the single engine experimental aircraft.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, investigators said Pearson had just recently purchased the plane and Clausen was going to help train him how to use it. It could take six months before investigators know what went wrong. They say it appears the plane, which comes in a kit, was assembled correctly. There is no troubling history of the plane.