NEW INFORMATION: Pilot of crash didn't have valid medical certificate

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

(WEAU) -- A new report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot of a plane that crashed and killed an Eau Claire woman didn't have a valid medical certificate at the time of the flight.

Eunyoung Kim Reneau was killed in the crash in Missouri in March of 2011.

Investigators say the weather at the time was marginal with low clouds.

The NTSB says the pilot never got a weather briefing before the flight, and didn't have an instrument rating allowing him to fly in bad weather.

The plane was headed from Florida to Eau Claire when it went down, killing all three on board.



A local family has confirmed it was an Eau Claire woman who died in a Missouri plane crash.

The family of Eunyoung Kim Reneau says she was one of three on board when the single-engine Piper Lance went missing Last Sunday.

The plane was on its way from Arkansas to Wisconsin.

Civil Air Patrol found that crash site in southeast Missouri late Friday night, just eight miles southeast of Ironton.

It reports there were no survivors in the crash.


Press Release from the Civil Air Patrol Missouri Wing Group

Missouri Missing Aircraft Found

CHESTERFIELD, MISSOURI – Missouri Wing Civil Air Patrol aircrews have located the plane that went missing on Sunday in southeastern Missouri. The persons onboard the Piper Lance did not survive.

Civil Air Patrol spokesperson Lt. Colonel David Miller said the plane was located in an area approximately 8 miles southeast of Ironton in Madison County, Missouri. The area of interest was identified late in the early evening by an aircrew and was verified as the crash site by local law enforcement at approximately 11:45 PM Friday night.

The Civil Air Patrol began their search Monday morning for the Piper Lance, which was lost from radar contact early Sunday morning near Doniphan, Missouri. The airplane was traveling from Arkansas to Wisconsin.

Aircrews discovered the debris field while they were conducting today’s search and were able to direct local law enforcement to the location who verified the wreckage and that there were no survivors..
At this time the name of passengers involved have not been released. Additionally, the cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

The Civil Air Patrol utilized over 50 personnel and seven CAP aircraft in the extensive five day search, including multiple aircrew and ground teams from across the state. The search covered more than 5,100 square miles and was made difficult by inclement weather, rough terrain, and no emergency locator transmitter signal heard.

The Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is composed of over 1,000 members organized in over forty units located throughout the state.


Crews are still searching for an Eau Claire woman who was on a small plane that went missing on Sunday.

The Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, says three aircraft and one ground team are searching northern areas near Farmington, Missouri. Family members are also continuing to assist the search efforts.

Family members say Kim Reneau was on her way home from a business trip in Florida with two friends. The small personal aircraft went missing in-route to Eau Claire. The plane was scheduled to arrive in Eau Claire early Sunday morning. Reneau owned a restaurant in the area for several years.

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  • by KW Location: EC on Apr 4, 2011 at 12:18 PM
    Hey Bob, I have a big heart. This is a sad story and thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Kim.
  • by resident on Apr 3, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    A VERY sad ending. My prayers to the family and friends.
  • by Teri Location: Augusta on Apr 2, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    Oh heart is just broken for Kim's kids. May Jesus give you peace in your time to come. I am relieved that they found the that at the very least......there will be closure on that part, anyways....God Bless you kids....xo
  • by Robin Location: Cornell on Apr 1, 2011 at 06:25 PM
    Kim is a very sweet lady and I hope her and the others are found soon. My thoughts are with her family and the families of the others missing.
  • by Anon Location: EC on Apr 1, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    There should be a "pinger" on the air craft that should lead the rescue units to the scene. My prayers to all involved.
  • by BT Location: Wisconsin on Apr 1, 2011 at 06:46 AM
    I agree with this comment completely!! It is very odd there are no signs of anything!!!!
  • by Concerned on Mar 31, 2011 at 10:29 PM
    I think the family is going through enough. Nothing is suspicious. Keep your comments to yourself unless it has to do with prayers or well wishes.
  • by TS Location: Eau Claire on Mar 31, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    I agree that it seems odd that they have not seen any signs of a crash yet. In one article I read there is a device on the plane that should transmit to them but they are getting no transmission from it. I don't think it is a missing person case though considering there are only 3 aboard and they are only friends... some where on some radar there would be a sign of a plane and eventually they would need fuel. My heart breaks for the family. I hope everyone is okay and all 3 are found alive.
  • by bob on Mar 31, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    Planes crash all the time KW. Lets not jump the gun KW, have a heart.
  • by resident on Mar 31, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    Its reported that the area is mountainous and lots of trees hindering efforts by searchers. Searchers are checking the area last known radar contact was made. Sadly, this news makes one believe liklihood of survivors isnt good. We can pray.
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