SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — Officials have recovered a single-engine plane that crashed into Lake Texoma in southern Oklahoma, but the search for the pilot continues.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Ashley Hampton tells the Sherman Herald-Democrat the plane was recovered Thursday afternoon. No bodies were found inside. On Friday, divers are set to search for the pilot.
Federal Aviation Administration Spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the plane was conducting low passes over the lake Wednesday morning when it crashed. He says the Grumman AA1 was registered out of Durant.
Tulsa-based Helmerich and Payne is making plans to lay-off up to 17% of its overall work force. The Company’s CEO made the announcement in a conference call with investors.
The declining price of oil is making it unprofitable for companies to explore for new oil. That means oil rigs and being idled. H & P President John Lindsay says the job losses are the worst part of the downturn.
There is no word on how many of the jobs will be lost at H & P’s Tulsa headquarters.
Despite some signs of recovery, Oklahoma's budget struggles look set to continue for the foreseeable future.
"The budget challenges that we are facing this year in 2015, and looking ahead to 2016, are not one-off problems," said Oklahoma Policy Institute Director David Blatt.
At the group's 2015 budget summit in Oklahoma City, Blatt said state tax collections aren't keeping pace with a growing state economy, and tax cuts exacerbate the problem. Oklahoma is about on course with an OSU economist's 2007 projection of a multibillion dollar state deficit by 2035.
SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Crews are battling several grass fires across the state a day after unseasonably warm temperatures and strong wind gusts fueled the spread of the flames.
Authorities say a fire was burning Thursday morning about four miles south of the Tulsa suburb of Sand Springs. There was no estimate on the size of the fire, but it is located in a mountainous area. Efforts to fight the blaze have been hampered by the rural terrain.
Crews were also battling a fire in Logan County that was moving south through the area.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health says influenza has taken the lives of 11 people during the past week.
Health officials reported Thursday 58 Oklahomans have died due to flu-related illness since the flu season began Sept. 28. About 1,400 others have been hospitalized, including 116 during the past week.
Forty-three of the flu victims were 65 or older while eight were in the 50-64 age group, two were aged 18-49 and three were 5-17. Two victims have been younger than 4.