Victims Identified In Fatal Plane Crash

Wednesday, November 28th 2007, 6:16 am
By: News On 6

Two people are dead and another is recovering in a Tulsa hospital after a small airplane crashes in south Tulsa Tuesday evening. The airplane went down a quarter mile north of Jones-Riverside Airport in Jenks at about 6:30 pm. Officials say the airplane crashed shortly after takeoff while on its way to Little Rock, Arkansas.

Officials say shortly after takeoff, the pilot radioed the airplane was having electrical problems. Moments later, the FAA says the 1977 Cessna 210 hit a power line on its approach to Jones-Riverside Airport and crashed. A 59-year-old Little Rock Police officer, Rick Musticchi survived the crash. Mustiicchi is listed in serious condition with a broken leg and several broken ribs. His wife Patricia, and his father, did not survive.

The company that sold the airplane says the Musticchi owns an aerial photography business, Arkansas Aerial Photography and bought the Cessna 210 Tuesday after it was flown for two hours. The aircraft passed a mechanic's inspection earlier in the week.

“All of that is going to be part of the NTSB investigation. As far as exactly what went on prior and during the crash and in the aftermath of the crash, those flight plans will all be part of the investigation,” said Tulsa Fire Captain Larry Bowles.

The crash started a small grass fire, which was quickly extinguished.

After the crash Tuesday evening, Jones-Riverside Airport was shut down for about an hour. Airplanes coming in were told to circle until a runway could be reopened.

The FAA and the NTSB will begin their investigation Wednesday into what happened.

Tuesday’s accident was the second in the Tulsa area in six weeks. In mid October, a small plane carrying five people crashed in Glenpool, killing everyone aboard. That plane also had taken off from Jones-Riverside Airport.

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