Authorities in northwestern Oklahoma say a 61-year-old flight instructor is dead following the crash of a single-engine aircraft in Woods County.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the crash occurred about 5:30 p.m. Saturday as the aircraft was approaching the Alva Municipal Airport.
Troopers say a preliminary investigation indicates the aircraft experienced a mechanical failure during descent and that its landing gear struck some power lines.
Authorities say the small aircraft struck some trees, plummeted to the ground and burst into flames.
Officials say the instructor, David Chael of Enid, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A flight school student, 39-year-old Cory Washburn of Alva, was transported to a local hospital with undetermined injuries.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.
One dead, one injured after plane crashes in Alva
ALVA, Okla. – Pilot David Thomas Chael of Enid, Oklahoma is dead and another is in critical condition after a private plane crashed in Alva on Saturday just north of a local hospital.
The Beachcraft Bonanza aircraft was southbound approaching the north side of the airport when the cowl hatch opened. The passenger was piloting at the time, but Chael took over when the cowl hatch opened. The landing gear deployed and the front wheel struck power lines leaving many parts of Alva, including part of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s campus, without power.
After the crash, the small plane came to rest on its top. While both the occupants were exiting the plane, it exploded.
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