NTSB to consider 2008 bird collision that killed 5

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday to consider a final report on the deadly crash of a corporate jet in Oklahoma last year.

The twin-engine Cessna Citation 500 had climbed to 3,100 feet and was passing over a corner of Oklahoma City's Lake Overholser when it collided with a white pelican, one of North America's largest bird species.

Witnesses said they heard a noise that sounded like an engine stall, and then saw the plane plunge nose down trailing a plume of gray smoke about four miles from Wiley Post Airport.

Pilots Tim Hartman and Rick Sandoval and business executives Garth Bates Jr., Frank Pool Jr., and Lloyd Austin were killed.

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