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One person dead after small plane crashes near Owasso
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One person dead after small plane crashes near Owasso

One person dead after small plane crashes near Owasso
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Scene of plane crash west of Owasso

One person dead after small plane crashes near Owasso

Investigators with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol say a plane crashed  in the area of 96th St. N., near Mingo and Memorial, Sunday afternoon.

Troopers say one person was killed. No word yet on the victim's identity.

Witnesses said they believed more people may have been aboard the twin-engine craft when it crashed, but troopers would only confirm that one person was aboard, the pilot.

They secured the scene and said the National Transportation and Safety Board would reach the crash site Monday and begin its investigation.

"It just started spinning around in circles," witness Lee Moore told KRMG at the scene. "It looked like the guy maybe was gonna crash, so he tried to get away from all the houses. Because if you just go right over there," he pointed to the east, "it ain't nothing but houses. So he got out here in the middle of the woods, and then went down."

Moore said he heard a secondary explosion a couple minutes after the initial crash.

Another witness told KRMG "I think it went up a little to miss the electric wires, and when it went up...it just started getting out of control, and just started spinning, and it went straight down."

Moore said troopers told him there was more than one person on board the plane, but OHP would not confirm whether more than one person was aboard.

"Air Traffic Control came over the radio and said there was a problem, a twin-engine plane had an engine failure," Justin Allison told KRMG. A pilot, he was flying another twin-engine craft at the time of the crash.

"Interestingly, the tower declared emergency on behalf of the pilot, usually it's the other way around, which makes me think maybe there was a lot going on in the cockpit, maybe the pilot forgot."

He said they flew over the crash site about 15-20 minutes later when he was allowed to make his landing approach.

"We actually flew over the accident site. It was difficult to tell from the air whether or not it was a wildfire or an accident...there were probably 10-12 distinct spots of wreckage."

He continued "we all kind f had that sick feeling in our stomach, you know, 'that doesn't look like a wildfire.'"

After landing, he learned that it was a crash.

"It just makes me sick to my stomach that this happened," Allison said.

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