Plane Crash in Marietta

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

MARIETTA, Okla. (AP)- Authorities say one person is dead and two are hurt after a plane crashes and burst into flames near a restaurant in southern Oklahoma.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig says the
twin-engine Beech 58 aircraft went down at the McGehee Catfish Restaurant airstrip near Marietta about 2:55 P-M.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Betsy Randolph says 50-year-old
Bobbie Blanchard of Arlington, Texas, died at the scene.

Randolph says the 34-year-old pilot, Michael Phillips, was transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas and is in stable condition.

Thirty-six-year-old passenger Calvin Carter was treated at a Marietta hospital and released, and 41-year-old passenger Roger Burke refused treatment.

Herwig says investigators think the landing gear may have failed
as the pilot tried to land and the aircraft then spun off the runway.

Restaurant manager Wanda Shellenberger says no one knew about
the crash until a woman ran in and said a plane had burst into flames.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and
the FAA are en route.


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