1 dead, 1 critical after plane crash in Carter Co.

CARTER COUNTY, OK - We're learning more about the plane crash in that killed one person Saturday afternoon.

Several agencies responded to Lake Murray State Park Saturday afternoon when a single-engine plane, carrying two people, crashed just west of highway 77.

"There was one survivor of the crash. The plane was occupied twice. We believe the driver is the deceased person in the plane. The plane was fully engulfed in flames at the time," said Lt. Darian Galloway with Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

It happened just after 2 p.m. Saturday.

Trooper Michael Greober with OHP said the single-engine Piper Cherokee 6 was being repaired for engine problems earlier in the day.

Groeber said the pilot, a 63-year-old man and the mechanic, a 58-year-old man, took the plane out for a test run. The engine began to have problems again mid-flight causing the plane to crash.

The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. The mechanic was transported to Parkland Hospital in critical condition.

"It looks, from when I looked at the damage, it looks like they were turning and coming back to the air park," said Greober.

Groeber said the pilot's intention was to fix the engine, go to Oklahoma City and then park the aircraft on a grass strip that he kept it on.

The F.A.A. has been called out to investigate.

"The park is not closed, just the area of the the park where the collision is located. Which is basically across the road from the park manager's home," said Galloway

No one else was hurt during the accident.

Groeber said the area has a lot of aircraft traffic but very few accidents.

"There's been aircraft accidents. There has been fatalities and there has been injuries but it's rare. For the amount of aircraft traffic that we have coming and going out of here, it is a rare occurrence," said Groeber.

News 12's cameras were not allowed at the site of the crash.


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