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Former legislator dies in plane crash

By The Herald Staff | 4/18/2014

HILLSBORO — A former six-term Kansas state legislator died in a plane crash Friday in Central Kansas, according to media reports.

Donald Dahl, who was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission in December, died when an ultralight plane crashed near his hometown, Hillsboro.

HILLSBORO — A former six-term Kansas state legislator died in a plane crash Friday in Central Kansas, according to media reports.

Donald Dahl, who was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission in December, died when an ultralight plane crashed near his hometown, Hillsboro.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported 69-year-old Dahl was flying at low altitude at 1:45 p.m. Friday when he ran into a tree branch 2 miles south of Hillsboro, the Associated Press said. The plane fell to the ground near a pond and flipped upside down into the water.

“I was disheartened to hear the news of Don Dahl’s passing this afternoon,” U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said Friday afternoon. “Don was a man of principle who served his country and returned home to improve his community and our state. I encourage all Kansans to join Robba and me in keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers during the days ahead.”

Dahl was a retired U.S. Navy officer and served in the House as a Republican from 1997 through 2008, including the past two years as speaker pro tem. He also was chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee for four years.

Gov. Sam Brownback issued a statement in a news release expressing his condolences to the family and friends of Dahl.

“I am greatly saddened to hear of Donald Dahl’s passing today,” Brownback said. “He had a proud legacy of public service. ... The lt. governor and I extend our personal sympathy to his family and friends.”

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