McALESTER, Okla. — The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are working together on the investigation into a plane crash at McAlester Regional Airport on Sunday.
NTSB Spokesman Terry Williams said not much is known at this point, but more details should be available within the next “day or two.”
“We are still in the very early stages of this investigation,” Williams said.
The crash injured the two occupants of the plane — the pilot and one passenger.
Airport Manager Butch Mellor said Sunday the pilot and a passenger of a four-seater aircraft were believed to be doing “touch and go” procedures at the airport when the plane went down to the south of the airport runway. Mellor said he was told the pilot and passenger are a student and instructor.
Both were taken by ambulance to a hospital. Mellor said preliminary reports are that the injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Mellor said he was told the two victims are from either the Oklahoma City or Sundance area. The incident happened some time before 9:30 a.m.
Phil Brenner, owner of BrenAir Aviation in McAlester, was at work Monday, but not during the incident Sunday. He said the airport did not need to close at any time because the crash occurred off the runway. He said the damage appeared to be extensive.
“It’s pretty well totaled,” Brenner said of the aircraft.
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