A pilot escaped injury Tuesday morning when a small aircraft he was manning took off from the Harmony Valley Airpark, east of Independence near U.S. Highway 160 and 4900 Rd. Shortly after takeoff the aircraft began pulling to the right causing the pilot, John C. Cambron, Jr., 64, of Coffeyville, to attempt an emergency landing on a grass field, north of the runway. The left wing tip touched the ground at landing causing the nose wheel to dig in and forced it to collapse. The aircraft came to a stop and the pilot was able to climb out of the Zenith Zodiac aircraft uninjured. 

The aircraft was pulled into a hangar with a tractor.

An Erie woman died in a vehicle accident Monday evening at the junction of Harper Rd. and U.S. Highway 400, one mile north of Fredonia. 

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Cidney N. Smith, 18, of Fredonia, was traveling northbound on Harper Rd. and a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Christine Wen, 39, of Wichita, was westbound on U.S. Highway 400 when Smith failed to yield at a stop sign and collided with the Wen vehicle.

Haley R. Surber, 19, of Erie, was pronounced dead at the scene and was taken to Country Side Funeral Home in Fredonia. Smith received serious injuries and was transported to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita; current status of her health was unknown as of press time. Neither Surber nor Smith were wearing seat belts.

Wen was transported to Fredonia Regional Hospital with suspected minor injuries as were passengers in her vehicle, Chih Chen Wen, 41, Jonatan Wen, 8, Selah Wen, 6, and Caleb Wen, 10, all of Wichita. All were wearing their seat belts.