Five People Dead in a Plane Crash in Oklahoma, One Is Still Missing
OKLAHOMA — August 6, 2018
Officials say all of the victims were Kansas residents. The incident happened Saturday morning shortly after the plane took off in northern Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed the deaths after an Extra EA-400 plane went down just 90 miles north of Oklahoma City from Ponca City Regional Airport.
The victims, still unidentified, were four adults and two children, according to Independence, Kan., and the Kay County Sheriff's Office. Highway Patrol Lt. Kera Philippi said they saw them during breakfast in the airport.
Airport manager Don Nuzum confirmed the news and also explained that the Ponca City Aviation Booster Club hosts a fly-in breakfast on the first Saturday of each month, but he could not comment about the crash in detail.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the "single-engine” plane crashed “shortly after taking off.”
"The aircraft was destroyed by a post-crash fire,” she added.
Initial reports fear as many six people dead because the plane is designed as a six-seat corporate aircraft. One of the possible victims is still missing. Philippi said that officials struggled to identify how many victims there were at first because of the heat from the fire.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board continue their investigation.