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The loss of one bright, shining moment

Editor's SpikeForty years ago today, on Aug. 3, 1976, a tragedy shook Northwest Missouri to its core.

Jerry Litton was flying back to Kansas City with his family to celebrate his primary election victory as the Democrat nominee for the U.S. Senate. But the plane the Littons were in crashed during takeoff at the Chillicothe Municipal Airport, killing the entire family as well as Litton’s friend and pilot, Paul Ruff Jr.

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