UNO Student Among Two Killed in Plane Crash

Lindsey Theis

UNO Student Among Two Killed in Plane Crash

CREATED Apr. 28, 2013

Norfolk, NE- The NTSB and FAA are investigating a plane crash near Norfolk, NE.

The Madison County Sheriff's department confirms that Dale Butler, 26, of Omaha was piloting the plane when it took off from the Karl Stefan Airfield in Norkfolk Saturday night. The Piper PR 28 crashed in a soybean field a couple of miles from the airport and came to rest along a grove of trees, Sheriff Vern Hjorth said.

The FAA says it happened just after 10:30p.m.

Sunday morning Dale Bulter's sister posted on facebook:

"Last night the world lost a great guy. My brother Dale, around 10:30p.m. went to be {with} the Lord in heaven. He was flying with a friend when he clipped a power line and crashed. Him and his passenger were killed on impact. We are still working on details and we will keep you all posted. Keep our family and his friends in your prayers."

Amy Brobst, 24, of Fort Collins, CO was also aboard. She also died on impact.

KMTV spoke with Jack Jackson Sunday. He is the owner of Pro-Flite, INC. He says the plane that crashed is registered to Pro-Flite and that the school sponsors with UNO's Aviation Institute.

Scott Vlasek, the Director of the Aviation Institute issued this comment Sunday:

"On Sunday morning, I was notified that Dale Butler, one of our students and a licensed pilot, was killed in an aviation-related accident that occurred on Saturday evening near Norfolk, NE. I want to offer my heartfelt sympathies to the Butler family. From my understanding, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have begun their investigation process into the accident, and at this time we have not received any additional information. Our faculty and students are heartbroken over the loss of Dale."

Jackson also owns Hanger One at Millard Airport, where Butler worked. He says Butler was "hard working and a great guy." 

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