Two Escape Injury In Tulsa Plane Crash

Monday, March 9th 2009, 12:57 pm
By: News On 6

By Emory Bryan and

TULSA, OK -- An instructor pilot and his student were not hurt when their plane caught fire after a crash landing at Jones Riverside Airport in Tulsa Monday morning.

The incident happened just before noon.

The Tulsa Fire Department identified the aircraft as a 1999 Glasair II, a single-engine, two-seat kit-built plane, with the tail number N-47-NR.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane that crashed was built from a kit by a man in Colorado and recently sold, and registered to a Tulsa Company called White Buffalo Environmental Services, at 55th and Lewis.

The company's web site says it specializes in environmental compliance assessments.

The plane crashed as it was landing on runway 19 right, the north end of the airport.

The plane landed, went left of the runway off into the grass, where it caught fire. The fire department extinguished the fire with foam and nothing was left but the burned out hull.

According to the Glasair web site, the plane was constructed primarily of fiberglass and composite material, which would explain why it burned so thoroughly.

An EMSA crew checked out both people, but the Tulsa Fire Department says neither was hurt.

Jones doesn't have its own fire station. There are no fire hydrants on the airfield either, so fire trucks had to shuttle water out to the runway. That's one reason firefighters say they used foam because it's takes less water to put out the fire.