Sharon, KS Private Plane Crash, Nov 1982


Sharon -- Two Medicine Lodge men were killed Wednesday evening when their private aircraft crashed in a pasture approximately 12 miles east of Medicine Lodge.
Dead are JACK SWONGER, 41, and MARK A. WRAY, 36. They were flying in a Piper Cherokee 140 when it went down in a pasture owned by Herb Landwehr, said Dennis Stackley, Barber County sheriff. Stackley did not know which of the two men was piloting, the plane or what caused the crash.
"They were thrown from the plane. It was upside down in a pasture and pretty well torn up when I got there," he said.
Witnesses spotted flames from the crash at approximately 7 p.m. When a fire unit arrived, the fire was relatively small and was easily extinguished, Stackley said. Aside from minor grass fires and a damaged fence, there was no other damage to the property.
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene and were taken by ambulance to Forsyth Funeral Home, Medicine Lodge, said Brian Forsyth, director of the funeral home.
SWONGER was the manager of an area cooperative, and WRAY worked in the loan department of the First National Bank, Medicine Lodge.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the accident, Stackley said.

Hutchinson News Kansas 1982-11-18