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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • 1 dead, 1 hurt in plane crash near park

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  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers continued to secure the scene of a single-engine plane crash that claimed one life and injured another while awaiting the arrival of aviation authorities early Saturday evening.
    Capt. Ronnie Hampton, commander OHP Troop F, headquartered in Ardmore, confirmed shortly before 7 p.m. the plane crashed about 2:15 p.m.
    “The crash occurred in the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 70 and Lake Murray Drive, right at the entrance to Lake Murray State Park,” Hampton said. “Power lines are down. But we do not believe at this time that power lines caused the crash, but rather the power lines were brought down by the plane.”
    Hampton said one person died as a result of the crash. Another person sustained burns.
    “The names of both victims are being withheld pending notification of next of kin,” Hampton said.
    Hampton said troopers were waiting on the arrival of federal authorities, who would assume control of the scene and conduct an investigation into the cause of the crash.
    Rumors began circulating shortly after the crash occurred that the single-engine plane had mechanical difficulties earlier in the day. The plane reportedly landed for repairs at the Downtown Executive Airport and took off for a test flight that ended in the fatal accident. However, those rumors had not been substantiated at press time.

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