World Harvest Church minister, pilot die in Kansas crash

Edward Dufresne, minister and co-founder of World Harvest Church
Edward Dufresne, minister and co-founder of World Harvest Church eddufresne.org

Authorities say a traveling California minister and his pilot are dead after a small-Texas bound plane crashed soon after taking off from a Kansas airport.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter identified the victims as 72-year-old Edward Dufresne and the pilot, 49-year-old Mitchell Morgan.

He says witnesses reported seeing debris falling from the twin-engine Cessna before it crashed around 10:15 a.m. Friday in a field about 20 miles southeast of Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro says the plane was bound for New Braunfels, Texas. According to the itinerary on his website, Dufresne spoke Thursday night at a Wichita church and was scheduled to speak at a Schertz, Texas, church Friday night.

Dufresne ran the World Harvest Church in Murrieta, about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
 

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