A former Kansas lawmaker who crashed a plane into a Marion County pond has died from his injuries.
The plane went down in a pond on 170th Rd., about a half-mile west of Indigo, and two miles south of Hillsboro, around 1:45 p.m. Friday.
Troopers with the Kansas Highway Patrol said the plane was an ultralight aircraft. Investigators said the pilot ran into a tree branch, then fell to the ground near a pond and flipped upside down into the water.The pilot was unconscious when emergency crews arrived at the scene. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries, troopers said.
The pilot has been identified as Donald Dahl, 69, of Hillsboro, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Dahl was a former Kansas state representative, who served the 70th district from 1996 until 2008. The Republican leader was speaker pro tem in 2007 and 2008.
“He had a proud legacy of public service. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served the people of Kansas as a representative for six terms.”
- Gov. Sam Brownback
Gov. Sam Brownback appointed Dahl to the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission in December.
Brownback said he was saddened to hear of Dahl’s passing.
“He had a proud legacy of public service,” Brownback said in a statement. “A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served the people of Kansas as a representative for six terms. The Lt. Governor and I extend our personal sympathy to his family and friends.”
The Federal Aviation Administration has been called to help investigate the cause of the crash.