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Sat September 5, 2009

UPDATE: Chandler Park Plane Crash Kills Five

Tulsa, OK – Read the Official Highway Patrol Report:
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NEXT OF KIN NOTIFIED
A FATALITY PLANE CRASH OCCURRED AT 1041 HOURS ON 09/05/09 AT CHANDLER PARK LOCATED AT 6500 W 21ST STREET IN TULSA COUNTY. UNIT ONE: 1976 PIPER 32R300 SINGLE ENGINE
PLANE PILOTED BY STEPHEN LESTER /SIC/, WHITE MALE, AGE: 48, OF TULSA, OK. SUBJECT EXPIRED AT THE SCENE DUE TO MASSIVE INJURIES.
PASSENGER ONE: KENNETH VETETO /SIC/, WHITE MALE, AGE: 50, OF TULSA, OK. SUBJECT EXPIRED AT THE SCENE DUE TO MASSIVE INJURIES.
PASSENGER TWO: DANA LESTER /SIC/, WHITE FEMALE, AGE: 48, OF TULSA, OK. SUBJECT EXPIRED AT THE SCENE DUE TO MASSIVE INJURIES.
PASSENGER THREE: LAURA LESTER /SIC/, WHITE FEMALE, AGE: 16, OF TULSA, OK. SUBJECT EXPIRED AT THE SCENE DUE TO MASSIVE INJURIES.
PASSENGER FOUR: CHRISTINA LESTER /SIC/, WHITE FEMALE, AGE: 13, OF TULSA, OK. SUBJECT EXPIRED AT THE SCENE DUE TO MASSIVE INJURIES.

WHAT HAPPENED: THE PLANE WAS FLYING IN A SOUTHERLY DIRECTION. THERE WAS HEAVY FOG IN THE AREA, CAUSING ZERO VISIBILITY. THE PLANE STRUCK A GUIDELINE ON A COMMUNICATIONS TOWER. THE GUIDELINE BROKE LOOSE FROM THE TOWER AS THE PLANE CRASH LANDED INTO CHANDLER PARK. UPON IMPACT THE PLANE CAUGHT FIRE, THE WINGS DETACHED, AND THE BODY OF THE PLANE FLIPPED END-OVER-END AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF TIMES BEFORE COMING TO REST IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION. PASSENGERS ONE AND THREE WERE EJECTED UPON IMPACT. PASSENGER ONE WAS EJECTED APPROXIMATELY 500 FEET LANDING 90 FEET SOUTH FROM THE PLANE'S FINAL POINT OF REST. PASSENGER THREE WAS EJECTED APPROXIMATELY 600 FEET LANDING 142 FEET SOUTH OF THE PLANE'S FINAL POINT OF REST.
SEATBELTS: EQUIPPED AND IN USE.
WEATHER: HEAVY FOG
EJECTED: SEE NARRATIVE PINNED: NONE
CONDITION OF PILOT: #99
CAUSE OF COLLISION: #88 (PENDING FAA INVESTIGATION)

"THIS REPORT IS BASED ON THE TROOPER'S INVESTIGATION OF THE COLLISION. IT MAY CONTAIN THE OPINION OF THE TROOPER." INVESTIGATED BY TROOPER SCOTT HART B561 OF TROOP B OKMULGEE COUNTY DETACHMENT.
ASSISTED BY TROOPER SUE FARLEY B424 OF CREEK COUNTY DETACHMENT.
ASSISTED BY LT. MIKE CHILDRESS X71 OF TROOP XE CREEK TURNPIKE DETACHMENT, LT. BRIAN HALE B168 OF TROOP B TULSA DETACHMENT, LT. GEORGE BROWN V172 OF TROOP V DETACHMENT, TROOPER MATTHEW MIZE B316, TROOPER RICKY HUMDY B543, TROOPER AARON LOCKNEY B544, TROOPER STEVE EASON MC419, TROOPER JON MOSER MC471, TROOPER KEITH NAJERA MC716, ALL OF TROOP B TULSA DETACHMENT.
ALSO ASSISTED BY TROOPER COLE PATTERSON X599 OF TROOP XE CREEK TURNPIKE DETACHMENT. AUTHORITY: TROOPER SCOTT HART B561 OKLAHOMA HIGHWAY PATROL TROOP B-TULSA OPER: KES

------------------------ Plane crash kills 5


TULSA, Okla. (AP) Five people are dead following the crash of a small aircraft in Tulsa.

The crash occurred Saturday morning in Chandler Park. Authorities have initially identified the victims as two adult males, one adult female and two juvenile females. Their names were not immediately released, but authorities say all were from Tulsa.

Lt. George Brown of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the six-passenger Piper aircraft left Jones Riverside Airport at 10:37 a.m., headed for Dallas.

Brown says the plane apparently struck a guide wire of a tower that wasn't visible because of fog. It crashed near a baseball field in the park just before 11 a.m.

Brown says Federal Aviation Administration investigators are headed to the scene and the park is expected to be closed all weekend.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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