If there's a name instantly recognizable by a whole strata of folks in Saline County â€” particularly those of a certain age â€” it's the name Gene Jones.
Mr. Jones, who owned and operated a wrecker service in this community for more than 30 years, died Sunday at the age of 83. He retired in 1993 and is to be buried today at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
During the three decades when he was a familiar figure in the community, he connected with a goodly portion of the population by pulling their cars out of ditches and towing their wrecked vehicles to his business.
A single-engine plane carrying three people crashed at the Saline County Regional Airport around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.
According to a report from the FAA, a Piper PA-28 was practicing takeoffs and landings as a part of an instructional flight with a two-man flight crew and one passenger.
During one of the touch-and-go landings, the aircraft experienced a hard landing, causing the subsequent collapse of the left main landing gear, FAA officials said.