On March 6, 2021 at 1:09 p.m., The Custer County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue plane that left the Mason City area at approximately 6:30 a.m. en route to Holyoke, Colorado.
At 4:37 p.m., The Custer County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Civil Air Patrol that a small single-engine plane crash was located in a pasture approximately seven miles southwest of Ansley, Nebraska.
The Custer County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Ansley Fire and Rescue, Mason City Fire and Rescue, and Broken Bow Fire and Rescue were dispatched to respond to the location.
Upon arrival, the plane was discovered destroyed by the crash. The pilot was the only occupant and was discovered deceased among the wreckage.
The pilot was identified as Keith A. Walker, age 74, of rural Mason City, Nebraska.
At this time, the investigation of the plane crash has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and The National Transportation Safety Board.