Wildwood Plane Crash: Chesterfield Father, 7-Year-Old Daughter Killed Near Spirit Airport

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click to enlarge A small Cirrus SR-22 plane like this crashed early morning. - via Wikimedia Commons
A small Cirrus SR-22 plane like this crashed early morning.

Some tragic, breaking news this Saturday morning: A Chesterfield father and daughter were killed in a plane crash today in Wildwood that left a large field of debris on Howell Island.

St. Louis county police officials have identified the deceased as Shiv Patil, 41, and his seven-year-old daughter Sonia Patil. The two departed from the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in a Cirrus SR-22 at around 4:50 a.m., police say, headed for Texas and then onward to Arizona. The plane went down just west of the airport, which is located in west county.

Police say a nearby resident reported hearing a large crash.

Authorities have notified family and the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will perform independent investigations of the crash, police say.

click to enlarge The airport near the crash. - via spiritairport.com
The airport near the crash.

The crash happened several hundred yards into the wood-line on Howell Island, a conservation area just off of Chesterfield Airport Road.

Nearby residents say the crash was so large it shook their homes.

Here's KMOV (Channel 4)'s breaking news dispatch from the scene. We'll update when there is more information available.

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