A pilot and four passengers died in a plane crash in Ponca City Saturday.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirms they were in town for the monthly fly-in breakfast, where pilots from all over the southwest gather at the airport.
The victims are from Independence Kansas. FAA records show the plane is registered to Jeremiah 29:11 Inc., a ministry run by Pastor Tim Valentine.
Coach Jason Brown of Independence Community College posted a tribute on Twitter, calling Valentine a ‘dear friend.’
Pirate Nation was devastated today with the sudden death of my friend and even better man, deepest condolences to his wife and kids our hearts hurt but he gave our program a great quote which we will never forget "success is not an accident" Fly forever— Coach Brown (@INDYHEADCOACH1) August 5, 2018
RIP Tim Valentine pic.twitter.com/sSvEvdrTbU
As for the passengers, the Independence Rural Fire Department posted condolences on Facebook for one of their own, Nick Warner.
The fire department confirms Nick, his two children, and his father bill passed away in the Ponca City plane crash.
The FAA and NTSB are still investigating the crash, looking for a cause.