Investigators haven’t gotten far in their work to find out what went wrong and caused a fatal plane crash in southwest Missouri that killed three people. The small airplane crashed just after take-off from the Aurora airport, located about 30 miles from Springfield. The plane’s pilot, 25-year-old Kevin Saffold of Eagle Rock, died in the crash. Two passengers, 52-year-old John Shaffer of Shell Knob and 30-year-old Roger Jones of Fayetteville, Arkansas, also died in the crash. The only survivor was 43-year-old Walter Blair of Allen, Texas, who was airlifted to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Blair was first listed in critical condition, but since has been upgraded to fair condition. Emergency personnel say Blair spoke to them at the scene, but was dioriented and not even aware he had been in an accident. The Federal Aviation Administration reports the plane took off shortly after 9am Monday from the Aurora Memorial Municipal Airport. It planned to fly to Kentucky Dam State Park Airport near Paducah. Lt. Brad DeLay with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department says the plane, a 1966 Piper PA-30 twin-engine Comanche, apparently tilted to the left and right several times after take-off. It nose dived into a farm field, then flipped over. Investigators from the FAA are on the scene. Witnesses to the crash say they didn’t hear or see anything wrong prior to the crash. A spokesman for the FAA says it could be a year before it releases its findings.
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