Plane loses power, crashes into flight school, killing four

A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles around Wichita.

Three of the dead were inside a flight simulator in the building when the plane crashed into it at the city’s Mid-Continent Airport, and the fourth was found on the roof and is believed to be the pilot, Wichita Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell said.

Five others were injured in the crash, and one of them was in serious condition at a hospital, Blackwell said. Officials said only one person was on board the plane and that everyone who was in the building had been accounted for.


Hundreds attend service on reservation for gunman

Hundreds of people packed a recreation center on the Tulalip Indian reservation Thursday for a memorial service for the 15-year-old gunman in a deadly Washington state school shooting.

Jaylen Fryberg was a homecoming prince from a prominent tribal family.

Tribal police and others wore arm bands that read “In Loving Memory” of Fryberg. Inside the recreation center, a gym was filled with hundreds of mourners. There were photos of Fryberg, and tribal members chanted and played drums.

On Friday, Fryberg pulled out a handgun in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria north of Seattle and started shooting.

The victims were Zoe R. Galasso, 14, who died at the scene; Gia Soriano, 14, who died at a hospital Sunday night; Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, who is in critical condition; and Fryberg’s cousins, Nate Hatch, 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15. Andrew Fryberg is in critical condition, while Hatch had surgery Thursday to repair his jaw. He’s listed in satisfactory condition.


Officials trying to determine whether animal is gray wolf

Wildlife officials are trying to determine whether an animal roaming the far reaches of northern Arizona is a gray wolf.

Grand Canyon Superintendent Dave Uberuaga said the park has received a couple of reports of an animal resembling a wolf.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that the animal’s feces will be tested.

The two populations of wolves nearest to the Grand Canyon are in the Northern Rockies, and in parts of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Wolves have been absent from the Grand Canyon since the 1940s.