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One dead, one injured when small plane crashes in Alva

One dead, one injured from small plane crash

Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to a fixed wing aircraft crash in Alva Saturday afternoon.

OHP reports the flight was a teaching flight and the instructor, David Chael, 61 of Enid, died. The student, Cortney Washburn, 39, of Alva, was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and at last report was in critical condition.

OHP says that the aircraft was piloted by Washburn and was coming in to land at the airport when a cowl hatch on the plane opened. Chael took over the controls and attempted to land. The landing gear had deployed and the front wheel struck a power line.

The plane came to a stop on its top. Chael and Washburn were getting out of the plane when it exploded.

No other injuries were reported.

OHP says the FAA has been notified and will investigate the crash.


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