Fatal Airplane Crash Overnight

Thursday, January 17th 2008, 8:59 am
By: News On 6

One man is dead after his airplane crashes in Tulsa late Wednesday evening.  The cargo plane went down moments after takeoff from Tulsa International Airport.  News On 6 reporter Chris Wright was on scene shortly after the accident and reports the airplane went down a little before 11 p.m. in a remote area of Mohawk Park. 

Because of the remote location, Tulsa Police and other emergency crews took over an hour to find the crash site.  When crews did finally find the wreckage, they discovered that the pilot, the only person on board the plane, had been killed in the crash. 

Tulsa Police say the twin-engine cargo plane experienced mechanical problems shortly after take-off.  The pilot circled the area twice before authorities say he lost contact with the tower at Tulsa International Airport. 

Tulsa Police say the wintery conditions made it difficult to track down the wreckage.

"Obviously the weather was to the point where our helicopter couldn't get out and fly over the area to help assist in the search. It was basically a ground search, and officers were out and eventually located the aircraft," said Tulsa Police officer Jason Willingham. 

Searchers found the plane's tail section about 11:30 p.m. and located the fuselage in a debris field about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators from the NTSB are expected to be on scene Thursday.

Tulsa Police say they are not yet sure what cargo the plane was carrying, but its believed airplane was headed to Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City.

The name of the pilot has not been released.