On 07-14-21 at or about 1434hrs, the Muscatine Communications Center (MUSCOM) received a report from the Quad-City Air Traffic Control reporting a possible downed aircraft west of Hwy. 38 on 170th Street in Muscatine County. Air traffic controllers had lost both radio and radar contact with the aircraft in that area. Law enforcement from the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office and Muscatine Police Department responded to the area. At or about 1443hrs, the aircraft was located in a grass/hay field approximately a quarter mile north of 170th Street.
After an extensive search of the area, law enforcement and fire department/EMS personnel located two victims, and sole occupants, in and amongst the wreckage. Those victims have since been identified as Daniel Slack (68) and Sharon Slack (69) both of El Dorado Springs, Missouri. The victims were removed from the scene once the area was thoroughly documented.
Investigation and information received thus far indicates the Slacks left Ford Airport near Iron Mountain, Michigan in route back to Missouri.
It is unknown at this time what may have been the cause of the accident. Both the Federal Aviation Administration and National Traffic Safety Bureau are on the scene this morning conducting their investigations.
Those assisting with this incident include volunteer fire departments from Durant, Wilton, Atalissa and Fruitland, the Muscatine Police and Fire Departments, Muscatine Search and Rescue, Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office and Reserve Sheriff’s Patrol, Iowa State Patrol, the Muscatine County Salvation Army, and Mills Marine of Muscatine.
Further details may be released once they are received.