Pilot says she suffered a stroke

Wednesday, August 9th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Bixby-AP) -- The pilot of an experimental amphibious aircraft that crashed into Keystone Lake last week says she suffered a stroke and blacked out moments before the accident.

Fifty-seven-year-old Sondra Romero was recently discharged from the hospital and is recovering from multiple injuries. Romero was the only person in the two-passenger aircraft built by her husband.

A witness told the Oklahoma Highway Patrol that the nose of the aircraft appeared to be down too far just before it crashed August First. Authorities say the plane flipped and came to rest upside down in about seven feet of water.

Romero says a doctor told her that she had suffered a stroke while still airborne. Aviation officials haven't released a probable cause for the accident.