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Air crash passenger also dies

Team Radio Marketing Group - November 7, 2017 4:18 pm

David Thomas Chael, left, Cory Washburn, right.

ALVA — Cortney Washburn, 39, of Alva, Oklahoma died Tuesday morning at Baptist Burn Center in Oklahoma City.

He was a passenger in a Beachcraft Bonanza aircraft that crashed Saturday in Alva. He was flown by AirEvac to the Oklahoma City hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The pilot of  the plane, David Thomas Chael, 61, of Enid, was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries.

The aircraft was southbound, approaching the north side of the airport when a cowl hatch opened.  Washburn was piloting at that time and Chael took over when the opened.  The landing gear deployed and the front wheel struck a power line.  The aircraft came to rest on its top and both occupants were exiting the plane when it exploded.

 

 

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