2 OSU coaches, ex-Okla. senator, wife killed in Ark. plane crash

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Former Oklahoma state Sen. Olin Branstetter and his wife Paula were killed in the plane crash in Arkansas that also killed Oklahoma State women's basketball coach
Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna.

OSU spokesman Gary Shutt announced the deaths of the Branstetters at a Friday morning news conference.

The four died when the plane they were in crashed Thursday in the Winona Wildlife Management Area near Perryville, Ark.

Shutt said both Branstetters were pilots. It was not known who was piloting the single-engine plane and Shutt said details of the crash remain unknown.

Shutt said Budke and Serna (pictured) were flying to Little Rock on a recruiting trip when the plane crashed about 45 miles west of Little Rock.

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