Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers recovering from plane crash

Monday, August 23rd 2004, 5:44 am
By: News On 6

HOLDENVILLE, Okla. (AP) _ Two Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers were recovering Monday after being injured a day earlier when their airplane crashed near Holdenville.

Troopers Jim Bullock and Jim Thompson, from the McAlester highway patrol office, were looking for marijuana when their Cessna 182 apparently stalled and hit some trees about 15 miles east of Holdenville, said Wayne Beckmann, operations officer at the southwest regional office of the Federal Aviation Administration in Fort Worth, Texas.

Federal officials started investigating the cause of the crash on Sunday.

Bullock, the pilot, suffered cuts and bruises. He was treated and released from McAlester Regional Health Center, the hospital reported.

Thompson's wrist was broken, Beckmann said. He was in good condition Monday morning at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, said hospital spokeswoman Hether Haddox.

OHP Maj. Mike Grimes said the troopers were flying low to search for marijuana.