No Survivors In Plane Crash
Wednesday, October 17th 2007, 2:19 pm
News On 6
As many as five people are dead after a small plane crashed in Glenpool Wednesday afternoon. The plane went down in a growing neighborhood and barely missed hitting several houses. News On 6 anchor Omar Villafranca reports witnesses saw the plane rocking back and forth in the high winds.
The 1978 Beechcraft A36 went down shortly after takeoff from a Tulsa airport. It happened at about 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Coal Creek Landing housing addition near U.S. Highway 75 and 121st Street in Glenpool.
Officials at the crash scene say it appears the plane clipped power lines before crashing. The crash site has been secured so the National Transportation Safety Board can investigate the exact cause.
Authorities were not releasing the names of the victims, but Tulsa attorney Bill Lunn confirmed his ex-wife, Dr. Rhonda Lunn, 51; 16-year-old daughter, Kathryn Lunn, and 14-year-old twins, Michael and Adrienne died in the crash, along with the pilot, Reverend Bill Wiseman Jr., 63.
Lunn says Wiseman was taking his family to visit her parents in the Houston area. An eyewitness to the crash says the plane sounded like it was having engine trouble.
"I heard the plane sputtering and spatting, and I looked out the window cause I was setting right there with my computer, and I looked up from my computer and looked out the window and I saw him hit the lines,â€ said eyewitness Linda Bridger. â€œSparks went everywhere and it brought him to the ground. He hit the ground and it just blew up."
That explosion shook Brian Sconyer's house, only 200 yards away. He ran to the crash site to try and help and was pushed back by the flames.
"A ball of flames, a ball of flames, you could see one person in the plane, no movement, no anything like that. There's no way to get to them," eyewitness Brian Sconyers said.
"There was no way. If the fireman had been right there, there's no way they could have gotten anyone out," said Bridger.
Bill Lunn says his ex-wife, Dr. Rhonda Lunn, practiced obstetrics and gynecology out of Saint Francis Hospital. The children were students at Tulsaâ€™s Cascia Hall.
Reverend Bill Wiseman was a vicar of the Church of the Holy Cross in Owasso and director of university relations at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. In the 70s, he was a state representative and served three terms in the House. In 1977, he introduced the nation's first death-by-lethal-injection legislation.
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