Plane crashes in field north of Seward


Updated 2:30 p.m., May 16 – A Kansas man was able to walk away from a plane crash 6 miles north of Seward May 15.

At approximately 6:55 p.m., a Piper Pawnee D crop dusting plane crashed near Highway 15 and Agnew Road near Bee. The small plane originated from Jamestown, North Dakota, and was traveling to Thayer, Kansas, while making refueling stops along the way.

Bruce Baird, 43, Thayer, Kansas, had planned to stop in Seward to refuel before completing the last portion of the trip. He was the sole occupant of the plane.

Baird told the Seward County Sheriff deputy that the low fuel indicator light malfunctioned and he was unaware of how little fuel he had.

With more than 20 years of flight experience, Baird was forced to make a crash landing in a farm field. He was treated and released on scene by local fire and rescue personnel and sustained no injuries.

The 1960s/1970s era plane sustained approximately $40,000 in damage. An investigation was completed by the Seward County Sheriff’s Office.

The Federal Aviation Administration is currently conducting an investigation regarding the cause of the crash.

Responders to the crash included the sheriff’s office, Seward Fire and Rescue, Bee Fire and Rescue, Whisler Aviation, and the FAA.

May 15, 8:30 p.m. – Law enforcement and rescue squads were dispatched to the scene of a downed plane around 7 p.m. May 15. The plane was in a field near Highway 15 and Agnew Road, about eight miles north of Seward.

According to scanner traffic, the white and blue single passenger plane was piloted by Bruce Baird. No injuries were reported, although Bee Rescue did respond to the scene.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.