News Plane Crashes — 16 September 2017

A single-engine aircraft crashed in a field south of McAlester Regional Airport on Friday evening.

Witnesses say the plane was attempting to land at the airport, but instead came down in a field south of the landing strip.

Scott Burke, principal at Frink-Chambers Public Schools, said he was working in the field at the time of the incident.

“We were just working on the tractor getting ready to bale some hay,” Burke said. “The plane was flying pretty low, but to be honest with you, I didn’t even hear him whenever he hit down.”

Burke said he spoke with the pilot, who he said was coming in to land at the airport. The pilot survived the crash and did not suffer any major injuries, according to multiple witnesses.

The plane will sit in the field until Monday so National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials can further investigate the crash.

The aircraft registration number, N18403, says the 1977 BEECH A36 fixed-wing aircraft is registered to Travel Air LLC, of Oklahoma City.

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