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Four Dead After Small Plane Crashes in Branson


Four people are dead after a small plane crashed just off the main drag in Branson shortly after taking off from Point Lookout at 12:30 today. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Branson city officials say witnesses of the crash noticed the wings on the aircraft were wobbling as it began to descend.

The two-engine Piper-Seneca crashed into a storage facility located just off Branson's popular entertainment strip, Missouri 76.

Elizabeth Cory, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane encountered problems shortly after its departure from an airport near Branson.

Cory says there will be a federal investigation into the crash.

The plane crashed near Ripley's Believe It or Not, where Kay Wiggins was working.

She says she and other employees were on the second floor having lunch when they heard a loud noise, something that's not unusual at an attraction that's regularly packed with people.

But then, she says she found out the noise came from a plane crash.

She says the plane went down in an area very close to Ripley's and close to the main strip.

Kay Wiggins says when she went outside to see what had happened, she couldn't see the plane but saw smoke coming from the crash site.

Kay Wiggins says while she grieves for the loss of life, she says it could've been a lot worse if the plane had hit Ripley's.

Full she says of school kids on Spring Break.

Investigators will continue to look into the crash of this Piper Seneca that had taken off from Point Lookout and was headed for Lubbock, Texas.