Jason Drane, 39, of St. Joseph; Mark Bottorff, 54, of Lancaster; and Ken Babcock, 71, of Hiawatha all died when a plane Bottorff was piloting crashed near Maxwell, Neb., Friday, Jan. 11.
A celebration of life is taking place this evening for Jason Drane of St. Joseph at Moila Country Club. Visitation and Funeral services for Drane are scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Doniphan, Mo.Drane was the operations manager for Babcock Sales in rural Hiawatha.
A visitation for Mark Bottorff will be held this evening at Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. A Celebration of Mark's life is set for Friday morning at the Atchison Conference Center. Bottorff was the owner of Bottorff Construction in Atchison.
A memorial service for Ken Babcock of Hiawatha is set for Saturday afternoon at NorthRidge Church in Sabetha. Babcock was the owner of Babcock Sales near Hiawatha.
The Beechcraft Baron G58 that Bottorff was piloting departed North Platte Regional Airport around 3:46 p.m. January, 11 and was scheduled to arrive at the York Muni Airport around 4:30 p.m.
Shortly after Bottorff gained clearance to reach a higher altitude, a mayday call was heard. The aircraft was lost from radio contact and an emergency response was made just before 7 p.m.
FAA and NTSB investigators arrived on the crash scene Saturday afternoon and by Sunday afternoon, had completed their investigation at the scene.
The aircraft was taken to Colorado for more examination. A NTSB investigator said that the smaller aircraft, like the one the men were in, usually don't have recording devices.
A factual report detailing the investigation will be finished within 6-9 months.